Moscow Journals

Moscow in Winter

A December 2003 trip to Moscow by afb

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Quote: Moscow's old-world and baroque architecture came as a pleasant surprise. While there is plenty in the way of impenetrability and coldness in winter, Moscow is a hub of culture and commerce. Boots and hats are a must in December, as is a willingness to enjoy a thriving cultural life.

Hotel Moskva

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Hotel Moskva Photo, Moscow, Russia
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I was told before I left that Frank Lloyd Wright called Hotel Moskva the ugliest building he had ever seen, but I found the towering edifice rather consistent with how I envisioned intimidating Soviet architecture. Like a stubborn granite cliff, the hotel rises over Red Square, dwarfing the Kremlin. The Kremlin, one might imagine, without enough strength, is conquerable--Hotel Moskva is impervious. The lobby feels like a bank vault, where, except for the alluring lights and songs emanating from the casino tucked away in one corner, there is little to indicate that people are coming here to enjoy themselves. The rooms are rather nice--typical Russian hotel amenities--small table, couc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2003

Hotel Moskva
2 Okhotny Road
Moscow, Russia

Tretiakov Gallery (Tret'iakovskaia Galereia)

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Attraction | "New Tretyakov Gallery"

Tretiakov Gallery (Tret'iakovskaia Galereia) Photo, Moscow, Russia
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Three short blocks away from the stunning Old Tretyakov Gallery stands the New Tretyakov Gallery. The museum is approached through a sculpture garden that appears to double as a graveyard for discarded sculptures. Busts of Karl Marx in marble and granite, steel Soviet stars, tributes of Lenin as well as a compelling compilation of idealized workers and romanticized beggars rest rather quietly in the snow. Beyond this collection stand throngs of other pieces -- poor imitations of Brancusi, frolicking bronze figures, and abstract forms. The Gallery itself is enormous, so if you are a fan of Russian modern art, plan on spending a considerable amount of time here. I was immediately pegged as America...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2003

Tretiakov Gallery (Tret'iakovskaia Galereia)
Lavrushinskii pereulok, 10
Moscow, Russia 109017
+7 (495) 951 1362

Walking in Moscow

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While traveling, I am an inveterate walker. In my view, it is the only way to see a foreign city. Walk. Walk until you can do nothing but collapse in late evenings when returning to your hotel. Walk until the balls of your feet are blistered (but be sure not so much that they are tender the next morning.) Some city maps are deceiving. For example, Beijing, on paper, looks like it is a manageable labyrinth on foot--that is, until you learn that traversing a block might take a half hour. Moscow, however, is a walker’s city. It is the perfect combination of maze-like lanes and broad views. For example, from Red Square to the Arbat is a half-hour walk that winds through lanes bordered with begrime...Read More