Moscow Journals

Historic Moscow

A January 2004 trip to Moscow by McGrits

Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad) Photo, Moscow, Russia More Photos
Quote: As I was growing up, I'd often see TV images of tanks rolling through Red Square. Now anyone can take a ride to the past with a visit of one's own.

Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

Hotel | "Ararat Park Hyatt"

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With heated marble floors in the bathroom, it was tough to leave this hotel! The rooms are extremely spacious, especially according to European standards.

Formerly a bath house, this historic building across from the Bolshoi was made into a hotel in 2003. The lobby is always filled with smoke (just like everywhere else in Moscow).

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 18, 2005

Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow
Neglinnaya Street, No. 4
Moscow, Russia
7-095-7831234

Cafe Pushkin

Restaurant | "Pushkin Cafe"

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This is considered by many to be the best restaurant in Russia, no more, no less. The staff and decor recreate the fancy atmosphere of early 20th century and the waiters are very polite and look more like actors. The food is exquisite and the prices are relatively high for Moscow, about $50 per person for a dinner, but it is well worth it.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 18, 2005

Cafe Pushkin
Tverskoy Bulvar 26
Moscow, Russia
7 095 229 55 90

Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad')

Attraction | "Historic Central Moscow"

Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad') Photo, Moscow, Russia
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Get yourself an English-speaking tour guide - it's well worth it.  Very few sights have English signs, and as a foreigner, you'll wait unnecessarily in line much longer than if you have a local guide to expedite the process.Red Square looks just like the movies.  You can almost imagine the tanks rolling through and Stalin saluting from atop Lenin's tomb.  Ask your guide about the private plane that landed here near St Basil's.The Kremlin is an area that has very old cathedrals and is home to The Armory, which is a museum showcasing everything from the Faberge Eggs to Catherine the Great's ball gowns.  If you have time, take a ride on the subw...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 18, 2005

Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad')

Moscow, Russia 103012

Police Corruption

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The police in Moscow are known for stopping cars and taking bribes to let the drivers go. Recently, the government cracked down on the police because of the number of complaints from expats. If a police officer accepted a bribe and was reported, they'd lose their job.

We were stopped and our driver (an American) didn't have all of her papers with her. She tried to bribe the police officer, but he wouldn't accept it until she had a Russian friend of hers talk to him on her cell phone and tell him that it was okay to take the bribe. It cost us $20 and 30 minutes of our time.