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Kremlin at Night

I went to Vernissage, which is an open-air souvenir market. It is part of the cultural complex known as the Kremlin of Izmailovo, which also houses the Vodka Museum. Some people may find this place overtly touristy, but I personally think it is a fun place to buy souvenir. Vernissage is located adjacent to the East Asian market, which is mostly run by Chinese and Vietnamese traders. This is why you would see many East Asian faces around this area.

After doing some shopping at Vernissage, I went to gigantic Izmailovsky Park, which is like a vast forest reserve. The most interesting part of this park is probably the Serebryano-Vinogradny Pond. Gorodok imeni Baumana, which is located on an island in the pond, is what remains of an old family estate that used to stand there. Peter the Great spent a part of his childhood on this very spot, which explains why there is a statue of him in the complex.

Pokhorovosky Cathedral
Even though it seems the estate buildings are now used for government purposes, there are a few buildings that have been preserved, including Pokhorovosky Cathedral. There is nothing special about Izmailovsky Park apart from the old estate, but it is a good place to experience how the locals enjoy their free time. I had a dinner at an outdoor cafe in the park. It cost 200 roubles, a little less than US$10. It was not the cheapest or most delicious food I had in Moscow, but I really enjoyed it because of the "local" atmosphere. The outdoor cafes are located around a man-made pond called "Krugly Prud." This pond is currently under construction (as of June, 2007).

Next, I got off at the Metro station "Tretyakovskaya," where the State Tretyakov Gallery is located. The area is a popular commercial area. When I went there, it was packed (this was Friday evening, after all).

At night, I went to the Red Square with some people from the hostel. Saint Basil's Cathedral, together with the rest of the Red Square, was beautifully lit. The view from the Bloshoy Moskvoretsky bridge is spectacular!

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Kremlin at Night
Kremlin at Night
Pokhorovosky Cathedral
Pokhorovosky Cathedral
Vernissage
Vernissage
Vernissage
Vernissage
Vernissage
Vernissage
Vernissage
Vernissage
Vernissage
Vernissage
Peter the Great
Peter the Great
Izmailovsky Estate
Izmailovsky Estate
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