Moscow: In Pictures

Bold, cold and decadent. Here’s a snapshot of my short stay in Moscow:

RED SQUARE

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Beautiful. Even at -8c.

GUM

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The food hall at Red Square’s famously luxurious shopping mall. It’s an odd juxtaposition – row upon row of top designer brands opposite Lenin’s Mausoleum.

KREMLIN

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Joseph Stalin is buried at the Kremlin Wall Necropolis.

METRO

Palaces for the people. The architecture and lighting on Moscow’s underground are stunning.

There are sculptures too:

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This is a bronze of a frontier guard and his dog at Ploshchad Revolyutsii station. Everybody rubs its nose for luck. I even saw a man leap off the train for a quick touch and get back on again.

AFTERNOON TEA

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The interior at Cafe Pushkin is a feast for the eyes, let alone the cakes.

ARBAT STREET

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Every souvenir you can imagine can be found on this street – one of Moscow’s oldest. Lots of cool bars and cafes too.

VODKA

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A tasting session at the Baltschug Kempinski Hotel. Purely educational.

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