Moscow Journals

Weekend in Moscow

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An April 1998 trip to Moscow by j. kathleen

Novodevichii Convent (Novodevichii Monastyr) Photo, Moscow, Russia More Photos
Quote: I have been to Moscow four times and each time is fresh. Notice the skyline when you land; it will give you the illusion that you are landing in a fairy tale. Modern Russia is a mix of history, new social challenges and breakthroughs in democratic freedom.

Weekend in Moscow

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Overview

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No trip to Moscow is complete without a trip to Red Square. We walked from our hotel to Red Square. Even at night we never felt uneasy. I was awestruck when I walked on the same cobblestone court that once was an avenue for parading Russian troops. Moscow has two circuses. I highly recommend going to the "old circus." It is not like an American circus. It is in a small arena and every seat is close to ringside. The acrobats are more like classical ballerinas than circus performers. The arena is spotless even after the crowd buys typical concessions like popcorn, etc. It you need to travel within Russia try their passenger train system. We took a 36 hour train ride to southe...Read More

Hotel Rossiya

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Hotel

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We stayed at hotel Rossiya on each of our four trips. It is a hit and miss experience. Three out of the four times we received rooms that had not been renovated since, literally, the 1960's. The furniture and bedspreads were worn and dated (This is a gross understatement). The bathtub was an old pedestal style with rust stains in the bottom. On one trip we stayed in a newly renovated room which was modern and comparable to any in the United States. It even had a shower stall. We found out later that you can request to be put in the newly renovated section and they will but it will cost a little extra. I highly recommend paying a little more for the increased comfort. All the rooms have t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2002

Hotel Rossiya
6 Varvarka Overlooking Red Square
Moscow, Russia
(7-095) 232-6046

The Kremlin

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Attraction | "Kremlin"

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The Kremlin is an absolute "must see" attraction. Allow yourself as much time as possible for a tour. I have been there 4 or 5 times and still have not seen it all. The Kremlin is a walled compound somewhat like a fort. The admission for the Kremlin is relative inexpensive. You can buy individual admission for the cathederals at the door if you want to go inside. The individual cathederal admission is inexpensive as well. In the center of the Kremlin is Cathederal Square. Most of the buildings on the square are, as you may have guessed, cathederals. Each of the cathederals are unique. The intricate frescoes and paintings date back centuries in most cases. Over the years the monks had painted...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

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

Aarbat Street

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Attraction

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Arbat Street is a great place to shop. It was only window shopping for us because the prices are astronomical. It is the best place we found in Russia for people watching. There were people there from all walks of life. We saw a group of off duty sailors with blood alcohol levels that were off the chart. They were wearing traditional Russian sailor uniforms (they looked like Popeye - quite entertaining). Arbat Street is the artist district as well. In good weather you will find portrait artists lined up in the streets. In inclement weather they set up their easles in the passageways under the street. The artists all have samples of their work displayed. This has got to be t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 4, 2002

Aarbat Street
Aarbat Street
Moscow, Russia

Novodevichii Convent (Novodevichii Monastyr')

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Attraction | "Novodevichy Convent"

Novodevichii Convent (Novodevichii Monastyr') Photo, Moscow, Russia
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Novodevichy Convent is one of the most unique experiences we had in Moscow. Some of the buildings date back to the 1500s. They sell tickets to foriegners for a couple of dollars (Russians are free). It is located in a loop of the Moskva. The architecture is fascinating, but the best thing about the visit here is the absolute calm and peace. Even though we are not Orthodox, we enjoyed seeing the monastery, complete with monks and nuns. Being Protestant, we may have enjoyed it more because it was a completely unfamiliar and interesting sight. Don't come with an intent to hurry your way through--enjoy the beauty and tranquility. Be sure to see the Smolensk Cathedral. The interior...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2002

Novodevichii Convent (Novodevichii Monastyr')
Novodevichii proezd, 1
Moscow, Russia 119435
+7 095 246 8526