Moscow Moments

When:  October 2014                     Weather:  COLD.  -2 to 5C        Exchange rate:  IUSD = 40 roubles

Leica M240.  24 and 35 F1.4 summilux

 

In Moscow for a few days at the end of October 2014, I arrived at Domodedovo airport in the south and it took 1.5 hours to get to the Renaissance Monarch Hotel in the north part of the city. Traffic jams abound getting around Moscow so be smart and take the subway if you can.  It’s quick, beautiful and efficient and is 40 roubles or pyr for any journey.  It’s useful learning some of the Cyrillic alphabet as it will help you recognise station names and direction of travel. It’s quite fun decoding the Cyrillic text once you get the hang of it….eg you see the word ‘pectopah’ everywhere and once you know that it means restaurant, you can figure out that p=r and c=s and h=n etc…..

 

The city skyline of high rise buildings could be in any international city and is a huge contrast from the beautiful older buildings in an around the Red Square.

city skyline

moscow city skyline 

 

We started as all good tourists do by visiting the Red Square in the afternoon and waiting till sunset so we could photograph by day and by night. Although photographed to death, St Basil’s Cathedral or the Intercessional Church is still a sight to behold and shoot.  It is on the south side of the Red Square, the other sides being formed by the Kremlin wall with Lenin’s tomb, GUM or (RYM in cyrillic) department store and the History museum.

St Basil's cathedral

St Basil’s cathedral

 

Kremlin wall

Kremlin wall

 

St Basil's up close

St Basil’s up close

 

St Basil's detail

St Basil’s detail

 

and this  charming brother and sister struck a pose in front of the cathedral

and this charming brother and sister struck a pose in front of the cathedral

 

As night fell, the lights picked out the colourful domes

As night fell, the lights picked out the colourful domes

st basils by night

st basils by night

 

GUM department store

GUM department store

 

view of GUM across the square

view of GUM across the square

 

beautifully lit GUM

beautifully lit GUM

 

detail from Kremlin wall

detail from Kremlin wall

 

The next day, wanting to do something else, we hired a car to bring us up to Lenin’s Hill or Sparrow Hill, an elevated point overlooking the city of Moscow with the Olympic Stadium and Ski jump nearby.   Unfortunately, there were extensive pavement works going on when we arrived which meant we couldn’t get to the vantage point to take our city pix; I guess it will take a few more months before it’s done.  We were however able to see one of SAtalin

The Moscow State University; one of Stalin's seven sisters (buildings)

The Moscow State University; one of Stalin’s seven sisters (buildings)

 

Next stop was the Museum of Fallen Monuments or Muzeon attached to the Tretyakov gallery….don’t confuse this one with main National Tretyakov Gallery which is 1-2km away.  This is a museum of unusual sculptures and metalworks set in a garden….one of the bonuses of visiitng this museum is that from the river bank you get unparalleled views of the massive sculpture of Peter the Great which is sited at the split in the river

the entrance to Muzeon...the writing is in cyrillic but looks a bit like my surname YEOH!

the entrance to Muzeon…the writing is in cyrillic but looks a bit like my surname YEOH!

 

one of the interesting statues

one of the interesting statues

 

Peter the Great

Peter the Great

 

Lunch was taken at the old, old Cafe Pushkin; the staff are a bit snooty and the doorman is a huge, dour and intimidating gangster looking like fellow! The tasting menu of russian food was good and plenty enough for 2 to share.

Cafe Pushkin dessert

Cafe Pushkin dessert

 

We then returned for a whistle stop tour of the Kremlin itself and there was much to see ; you really need half a day there at least.

one of the streets leading to the Red Square

one of the streets leading to the Red Square

 

beautiful churches within

beautiful churches within

 

huge cannon

huge cannon

 

the sun sets early on the Kremlin in October

the sun sets early on the Kremlin in October

 

moscow evening

moscow evening

 

church of christ the saviour in the distance

church of christ the saviour in the distance

 

General Zhukov's statue

General Zhukov’s statue

 

changing of the guard at the eternal flame

changing of the guard at the eternal flame

 

perfect synchrony

perfect synchrony

 

No visit to Moscow is complete without a visit to the Bolshoi Theatre..just refurbished

No visit to Moscow is complete without a visit to the Bolshoi Theatre..just refurbished

 

the entrance to the Bolshoi Theatre

the entrance to the Bolshoi Theatre

 

Grand production of Shostakovich's 'TheBright Stream' ballet

Grand production of Shostakovich’s ‘The Bright Stream’ ballet

 

the lead dancers

the lead dancers

 

dinner was at the nearby Bolshoi restaurant…wonderful ambience and reasonable food..

place settings at the Bolshoi restaurant

place settings at the Bolshoi restaurant

 

 

 

 

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