First full day in Moscow
Trip Start May 05, 2006
6Trip End May 16, 2006
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The square was closed today as the Russians were getting ready for Victory Day festivities (May 9th). By the looks of it, Lenin's Tomb was closed. After hanging around the square, Cheryl took us to the famous Novodevichy Monastery where some high profile Russians (playwrights, politicians, composers, etc.) are buried. On our way to the Monastery we came upon an ice cream vendor and decided to try a Russian Half and Half Ice Cream Bar. Cynthia models it in photo 03.
While at the monastery, we saw an out of place cannon (shown in photo 04) while we were looking around the grounds. Interestingly enough, in the 16th century, this monastery was built like a fortress to provide a defensive front for Moscow. We took some neat photos of the Monastery grounds. Check these out in the album. As mentioned, on the grounds of the Monastery is a cemetery which is world famous. It contains the resting places of many famous Muscovites a few of which include Anton Chekhov, Nikita Khrushchev and Raisa Gorbachev ("First Lady" of the Soviet Union). We took photos of many headstones in the cemetery. The headstones were literally a work of art. One notable headstone that we got a picture of is of Khrushchev's headstone which can be found in photo 05.
After looking through all the headstones, we all came back and stopped at a French crepe place (the food was delicious) near our hotel and afterwards, Cynthia and I went back to the hotel to get some rest. In the evening, Cheryl took us to the Bolshoi where we watched a ballet called Silfida. It's the first time I've ever been to a ballet and I've got to say that it wasn't as bad as I've heard it to be. From what I understood though the particular ballet that we saw had a longer than normal intermission and was pretty short for a ballet. After the ballet we headed back to the hotel.