A June 2006 trip
to Moscow by suartd
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.
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.
Keep an eye on your bag while hanging around metro stations and watch out for people bumping into your bag when it is very busy. Things might go missing this way.
Go and check out some of the lesser known churches and convents as they have some real beauty and are not as busy as the main tourist attractions.
Another reasonably cheap and effective way to get around are by bus and tram. Again each ride is only 15rub however it is slower than the metro and may be more difficult to find which bus to take to get to where you are going.
If you are in the city centre and want to get to anywhere within the limits of the brown metro line it is easy enough just to walk as everything in this area is relatively close together.
Restaurant | "My-My"
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 toilets are some of the nicer toilets I had seen during my stay in Moscow.
All in all the cheap food, easy to order from menus, tourist friendly staff and cleanliness made eating in My-My and enjoyable experience.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2006
Cafe Mu-Mu (My-My)
Plotnikov Ct, 45/24
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 and you can all get what you want. Menus are in English.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 9, 2006
3-ya Tverskaya-Yamskaya ulitsa, 5, gorod Moskva, Russian Federation
Attraction | "Kremlin"
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, Annunciation Cathedral, Archangel's Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell-Tower, Church of the Laying Our Lady's Holy Robe, Tsar Cannon and the Tsar Bell.
Also worth a look around are the Secret Gardens which are extremely beautiful. The Armoury is situated within the Kremlin also but getting tickets can be a nightmare. I couldn't get a ticket to enter alone so it is worthwhile taking part in an organised tour of this if you really want to see it.
Overall the Kremlin is a wonderful place to visit as you really do get a feeling of the power that has come from these buildings throughout history.
Entrance From Red Square
Moscow, Russia 103073
+7 095 202 4256
Attraction | "Christ the Saviour Cathedral"
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
Attraction | "St Basils Cathedral"
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 inside, but I suggest you walk around all of the stands before buying anything (look around corners to see if there is another stand). We got ripped off a bit this way, as we bought postcards from the first stand, only to discover that a later stand had them much cheaper. We didn't speak enough Russian to try and take them back.
All in all, St Basils cathedral is a must-see in Moscow. A trip to Moscow would not be complete without viewing this amazing sight.
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
Attraction | "Lenin's Tomb"
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 standing so still in the dark, and even more so since it was so light outside.
When you eventually get inside the tomb, Lenin's body is in the centre, lit up from all angles so he really stands out in the darkness. It is completely silent in the tomb out of respect, and every person spends a total of about a minute inside before they are back out in the sunlight of red square. After the tomb, you can walk around and visit the graves of other important people from Russia's past, such as Stalin.
Overall, Lenin's tomb was an interesting place to visit. However, if it was not free entry, I feel that it would be a waste of money, as you spend a fair time in a queue to get about a minute inside the tomb. Despite that, I still would suggest that people who have some time in Moscow go and visit it, as Lenin is such an important part of Russian history.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2006
Lenin's Mausoleum (Mavzolei V.I. Lenina)
Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad')
Moscow, Russia 103073
+7 095 923 5527
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 wonder of these stations.
Taking photos on the metro is no longer allowed due to terrorist attacks a few years ago, however, tourists taking photos of the stained glass and mosaics is still a common sight. Just don't get caught.
I highly recommend a tour of the metro to see transportation system that Russians are so proud of.
Airdrie, United Kingdom