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... enjoy the fun-loving scene once more.
Our last day was spent in the quite wonderful State Tretyakov Gallery.
Unfortunately we had little time to spend in our favourite sections with the 19th and early 20th century works but did manage to squeeze in some greats.
The realist genre pictures by Vasily Perov depicting the appalling conditions suffered by the poor.
Mikhail Vrubel's gorgeous 'Lilacs.'
The Asian-inspired, ...
... and people. Red Square is completely taken over by rehearsals for a huge military tattoo which starts on Sunday for one week. If you like military bands then this is the place for you! I was entertained for an hour by some incredible horsemen. I visited the Armoury Museum today which was also very 'flashy': faberge eggs, diamond and gem encrusted objects from imperial times - incredible. I also visited Lenin's Mausoleum - weird. Oh yes, and I went to the ...
... clean, the seats were modern and well-maintained. There were drop-down video screens that provided safety information in Russian and English. Each public address announcement in English began with "Dear passengers..."
Once we were going, they showed an interesting documentary with English subtitles about a trans-Russia rail line whose construction was ordered by Stalin, but never completed because of the complexities presented ...
... we found the apartment and settled in. The apartment was beautiful and especially nice for Russian standards, though the water is still not drinkable. We found a decent local shawarma place for dinner. Afterward I set out solo to navigate the metro in search of couch surfing event, which I found with no trouble. After a few beers and some boring stories I returned home a professional Moscow metro rider.
Time to be a tourist in Moscow. ...
... once probably took centre stage in some square or on any conspicuous corner.
We noticed that one monument towered far above the rest. This was not actually in the park but on the opposite side of the Moscow River where is joins the Vodootvodny canal. (Now you know why I’ve been referring to it as the ‘canal’!!) This is the statue to Peter the Great. It is a 98-metre-high monument and commemorates 300 years of the Russian Navy, which Peter ...