Trip Start May 01, 2009
Trip End May 22, 2009

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Flag of Russian Federation  , Central Russia,
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hi everyone,

     Once again internet access is very limited here in Russia, should have brought my own laptop (if I have one).

      Woke up this morning in a cold sweat, dreamed that I torn my gactrocnemus muscle on the left and couldn't walk and had someone (my buddy Cappelli) stitch it up more me ????  Must be walking too much

      Anyways, today I am finishing up the some odds and ends of sights here in Moscow.  First I went to the famous pedestrian walking street called Arabat Ulitsa on the west side of Kremlin. This is the most famous street in Moscow and a favorite hang out for Moscow artists and alikes. There are plenty of cafes, yes Starbucks and Mc Cafe, all over the place. The early morning time is still quiet without much action and best I can do is take some nice photo of the area.  The end of the walk street is Foreign Ministry, a massive, tall but beautifully decorated building. It reminds me of a  building in Warsaw, Poland called Palace of culture and Science. They have the exact same shape and height.

      Next, I went back to Novodevichy Convent for a quick tour. I had to wait 2 days to come back here because it had been closed for the last 2 days. This place is inscribe into the UNESCO world heritage site for its culture and value.  Ther are also plenty of religious paintings.

       As I read through my Lonely Planet, I found this place called VDNH, or former Soviet science an technology achievement center.  The Soviets used this place to show off to the foreigners their economic success. But unfortunately, VDNH is essentally closed after the collapse of Soviet Union, and it is used as a fairground and some tacky souvenior hall filled with cheap goods.

       My final stop for the day is a quick hop of all the glorious Moscow metro. According the my guide book, there are a bunch of station worth visiting, namely Novoslobodskaya, Belarusskaya,  Prospekt Mira and Kievskaya. These stations have themes of Russian history, military glory, happy Soviet farmers, and beautiful Frescos, stainglass windows. Majority of the stations are covered with granite tiles, very ostentatious indeed.

       Tonight I am taking the train out to the Golden ring city of Vladimir and then on to Suzdal, anothe famous Orthodoxy cathedral city.
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