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6 Weeks in Moscow

A June 2006 trip to Moscow by suartd

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Quote: I spent 6 weeks living in a student dorm in Moscow and working there. What did I do with my time? Not work!!! Read on to find out more.

6 Weeks in Moscow

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You cant go to Moscow without a visit to the Krelim. The most powerful buildings in the whole of Moscow are housed here and you really get a sense how important it is with the number of military that are stationed everywhere. Also worth a visit is Lenin's Tomb. Its free to get in and although the queue looks horrific, it moves quite fast. Other sights worth noting are the fantastically decorated Christ the Saviour Church, Kuskovo mansion, Red Square itself and a day trip to Sergiev Posad.Quick Tips: Always have change on you if you can for transport and buying things from street vendors as they may not have change and may not want to take big notes from you. Keep a...Read More

Cafe Mu-Mu (My-My)

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Restaurant | "My-My"

Cafe Mu-Mu (My-My) Photo, Moscow, Russia
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My-My (pronounced moo-moo) is generally recognised by the large cow statue situated outside of the restaurant. This method of eating out is very useful for anyone who doesn't want to spend too much money and who doesn't speak much Russian. In all of these restaurants the menu is listed in English and in the Arbat district (tourist area) all of the staff speak English also. Very tourist friendly. I can highly recommend traditional Russian borscht (beetroot soup). There is also a large selection of salads, meat dishes and an array of desserts. Alcoholic drinks are also served here along with juices, coffee, tea and all favourite fizzy drinks. The restaurant itself is very clean and the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2006

Cafe Mu-Mu (My-My)
Plotnikov Ct, 45/24
Moscow, Russia
095/241.1364

Peking Duck

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This was probably one of the best meals I had during my whole time in Moscow. There is a huge menu with plenty of traditional Chinese dishes, sushi and vegetarian options. There is also a fantastic range of desserts all moderately priced. I can highly recommend the speciality duck in sweet and sour sauce. Also the apple pie for dessert was delicious. You are only supplied with chop sticks here so it might be a bit tricky to eat the rice at first however, there are always friendly staff around and I'm sure it would be no problem to get cutlery if required. Not all the staff speak English however, if you attempt a little Russian they will attempt a little English ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 9, 2006

Peking Duck
3-ya Tverskaya-Yamskaya ulitsa, 5, gorod Moskva, Russian Federation
Moscow

The Kremlin

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Attraction | "Kremlin"

The Kremlin Photo, Moscow, Russia
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The Kremlin is the main tourist attraction in Moscow and it has reason to be. Throughout history the Krelim has been the site for major political leaders of Russia to live in and rule from. The power of the Kremlin is still felt today when you are inside it by police situated everywhere to prevent anyone from straying to places in which they shouldn't be. It is not possible to enter any of the government buildings at the Kremlin, however, there are many churches and cathedrals inside that visitors can explore. Be warned though your ticket only allows entrance to each of these places once so see everything you want to before you leave. Places which you can visit include the Assumption Cathedral,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2006

The Kremlin
Entrance From Red Square
Moscow, Russia 103073
+7 095 202 4256

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This cathedral was my favourite place to visit in Moscow. When approaching the cathedral on a sunny day the white exterior looks incredibly white and the golden domes shine magnificently. This exterior pales in comparison to the interior of this wonderful place. The cathedral was only completed in 1997 after Stalin had destroyed the original during his reign. When entering the cathedral women must cover their shoulders. Inside the cathedral the walls are covered in the most magnificent paintings in amazingly bright colours with gold all through it too. There are candles everywhere inside and the cathedral is full of people who have come to light candles and pray. Candles can be bought ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 9, 2006

Museum in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (Muzei v Khrame Khrista Spasitela)
Ulitsa Volkhonka, 15
Moscow, Russia 121019
+7 095 202 8024

St. Basil's Cathedral (Sobor Vasiliia Blazhennogo)

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Attraction | "St Basils Cathedral"

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St Basils Cathedral is the iconic building that most people think of when they think of Moscow. It looks fabulous in a picture but even more impressive up close, almost like it should be a Disney castle. The exterior is an amazing riot of colours and textures, which is most impressive in bright sunlight or when it is lit up at night. It costs 100 rubles to enter the cathedral, which is equivalent to £2, so it is not very expensive. Inside, the walls are covered in frescoes in every room, which are just as colourful as the exterior of the building. Some of the rooms were closed when I was there, but you can still see inside them through the bars. There are plenty of souvenirs to buy in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2006

St. Basil's Cathedral (Sobor Vasiliia Blazhennogo)
Krasnaia Ploshchad', 2
Moscow, Russia 103012
+7 095 298 3304

Lenin's Mausoleum (Mavzolei V.I. Lenina)

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Attraction | "Lenin's Tomb"

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Well, I have to admit that I was a little nervous about going to see Lenin's body when I was in Moscow (never seen a dead person before). Standing in the queue, which seemed huge when we joined, I wondered if it was really worth it to go and see a dead guy. However, the queue moved pretty fast, and it was not long before we were going through security to get into the tomb. Security is pretty tight here, especially since it is free to visit the tomb. There are no bags or cameras allowed inside at all. As I walk in out of the bright sunlight, the tomb seems pitch-black. I can't really see anything at all. Then, out of the darkness, I see the first in a series of guards. They look pretty creepy st...Read More

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Lenin's Mausoleum (Mavzolei V.I. Lenina)
Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad')
Moscow, Russia 103073
+7 095 923 5527

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Well arrived at my hostel and there really was only one way to describe it. Crap. Cockroaches were having a field day in my room and in the bathroom, the fridge smelled as though many things had died in it and my room was without curtains. Luckily some smart packing of bed stuff meant that curtains were made from the bed sheets I was provided with (only thing they were useful for). The fridge remained closed for 6 weeks and a diet of bread and fruit followed. As for the cockroaches...well you just have to get used to them. Nice pets??? Just don't leave any food uncovered. Oh and who needs air conditioning when the windows can be left open 24-7. The cockroaches had friends to play when the mosquitos ca...Read More

The Metro

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The best way to get around Moscow is definitely by Metro. It is so cheap (400rub for 60 trips) and extremely efficient. At busy times there is a metro every 40 seconds and even late at night there is a metro every 5-6 mins. You can pretty much travel anywhere in the city on the metro. However, the real beauty of the metro system is not the cost of the efficiency. It is the stations themselves. The stations on the brown line (circle line) are decorated so beautifully with stained glass, chandeliers, statues and mosaics. There are no two stations the same. A great way of seeing these stations is to do a tour of the circle line. Getting off at each station will allow you to see the wonde...Read More