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September 18, 2017

Moscow i

I didn't expect to like Moscow as much as I did. I guess I went in with only vague imagery of St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin in my mind, and no other expectations at all. The city itself is very big, and very grand. The architecture is quite different to that of Western Europe, with its beautiful Orthodox churches and imposing Soviet-era buildings. It also has lots of cultural activities and events, and overall seems like a nice place to live (if you can speak and read Russian). Other observations: the city is extremely clean, and the women all dress very well.

The history museum, which we didn't go into.

St. Basil's. It was hard to get a good picture of it in the context of the Red Square as there was all this construction happening in the square.

Above are two of many churches in Kitay Gorod, an older part of the city.

In the Pushkin Museum, which I wasn't really into. I think I've reached my lifetime limit of fine art museums.

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour across the road, which is enormous.

Over the bridge behind the church - a good view of the Kremlin.

Waiting in line to see Lenin's embalmed body - no photos inside, of course.

Checking out the cathedrals inside the Kremlin, which is this huge walled complex - formerly home to tsars, now the seat of the government.

The metro is a must-do as well, for the stations. Some of them are very beautiful and grand - I believe they used parts of dismantled palaces - while others, like this one, are very very communist looking.

It was a little hard to navigate without knowing the cyrillic alphabet, though, and we ended up using Uber a lot as it was so cheap between three of us.

On Arbat street, one of those horrible tourist streets you get souvenirs on. It does, however, have a Shake Shack, which we shamelessly ate at. Part ii coming up.

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