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Moscow

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As many of you know, my recent trip to Russia took a lot of planning, involving a lengthy process taking months. However everything was approved and a couple of weeks ago I flew to the capital, Moscow.

Meeting my friend Lisa at Domodedevo Airport she acted as my tour guide/translator for the majority of the time in the city.

Christ The Saviour Cathedral

Christ The Saviour Cathedral

On the first day we toured the west of the city, passing through the Arbat area where I collected most of my souvenirs (Russian Doll, Novelty T-Shirt) before walking along the riverside and seeing the Christ the Saviour Cathedral.

Lenin's Mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum

This then led onto the iconic Red Square with the views of the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral.

Red Square

Red Square


Bolshoi Theatre

Bolshoi Theatre

The following day was filled with views of the Seven Sisters, the Bolshoi Theatre, the lavishly decorated Metro and Tsaritsyno Park, before going to a Ukrainian restaurant to celebrate Lisa's grandmother's birthday.

Lavishly Decorated Underground Stations

Lavishly Decorated Underground Stations

On the Saturday morning we visited the inside of the Kremlin before making our way to the Luzhniki stadium where a free concert with many popular singers from all over Europe were singing, after which we took the trip to the hill by the Moscow University where views of the whole city could be seen.

Kremlin

Kremlin

On the final full day, we visited Cosmonauts Alley, as well as VDNKh, where Soviet Exhibitions were held. On each evening we were joined by Lisa's friends and spent the evening talking and laughing in bars, making the trip even more entertaining and welcoming.

One thing I did notice was how cosmopolitan and global the city felt, being much less foreign than I had expected, and making every trip to Red Square feel even more surreal.

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