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Travel Blogs from Moscow
... There were any many apple trees. It is a good year for apples and they were all laden with fruit. The monastery consisted of several Russian Orthodox churches and as it was Sunday there were services in progress. The services go on for several hours and people walk in and out all the time so this meant we were able to do this also. We were shown around by a monk and were told that during Communist times the buildings were used ...
... side we were face with the huge ГУМ (GUM; Gosudarstvenny Universalny Magazin) Russia’s first, and for a good while, only, department store; and another barricade. Soon the barricade was moved however, and the people waiting around the edges flooded onto the square. After working out where the ticket office might be, we headed across the square, down past the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, into the gardens that run along one side of the Kremlin. ...
... and presumably the only place in Russia to buy stamps, I stumbled upon the biggest bookstore east of the Donau, and could there purchase the elusive printouts. The post office itself gave an almost Sovietian wibe, as it was hard to find, placed in a concrete building with no personality to speak of and staffed with people who could use some PR courses, and English dito. Eventually I found what I was looking for.
Kremlin means fortress, and contrary to ...
... is the block-long ornate, white facade of GUM.
During the Soviet era, GUM was the major glorious department store of the proletariat. Today, it is a shopping mall filled with egregiously upscale boutiques offering designer clothes and accessories. Perhaps in a strange way, both the old GUM and the new embody their respective cultures' ideals of how commodities and consumers should relate--drab, often ill-supplied products accessible ...
... 1 from here so back off the train and then into my carriage. Whew, I have made it. Hug for Milana and she quickly jumps back off the train and I am barely into my seat before the train starts moving. I just don’t know how I got so late on all these trains this trip.
I haven’t had anything to eat since long ago, the snacks I had on the train with ...
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