Moscow, first place to visit

Trip Start Aug 10, 2007
Trip End Sep 04, 2007

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Hi all,

A quick story about us and Moscow:

Friday 10-08

Early in the morning we were at the Barajas airport to take our flight to Moscow and at 10.00 am we are leaving Madrid thought the air.
The time difference between both cities were 5 hours so we had enough time to take the taxis in Domodovo airport to go to the guest house we booked in Madrid. The distance between the airport and the city is really big, we thought the taxi driver was taking to another country!!

But finally, after 65 km, we arrived at the hostel (each taxi cost 55 euro, and we were 6 people so we took two).
The hostel was situated in the third and fourth floor of a soviet building with lots of bedrooms. Misha, the person in charge of the administrative things at the hostel, speaks Spanish, good!!

Marta and Fernando slept in a double room in the third floor, and we took a quadruple room in the fourth floor with bunk beds. Our room was situated in the same side of the railway station, so during the night we had some noise ... well, I am very sensible at noise, and I need complete silence to sleep and no light, so my earplugs and mask, which I carry in every travel, were useful.

My recommendation: ask for a room in the opposite side.
In the second floor there is a restaurant, but it is expensive and slow ... show, well In Russia all the restaurants are really show!!
We left the luggage in the bedroom, we had dinner in the unique restaurant close to the hostel, an Italian one. We didīt change money in the airport, so Misha lended us rublos (Russian money) to eat.
Good, we are in Moscow, eating pizza, without money ... and the bed was really hard: I put my blanket and my sleeping bag as a mattress.

Saturday 11-08

Good morning Moscow!
First, a coffee (I need it every morning!!).
Second, to ask Misha how to take the train ticket from Moscow to Tomsk. He told us that there is not necessary to go to the train station because he can make it for us, fantastic!

Next thing to do is to look for an ATM to get Rublos. We could find one in a strange building. Strange because the same room was a car dealer, a bar, an agency and a bank (ŋ?) and f course, nobody speaks English ... but the ATM works properly, so we obtain money ... well, they obtain money ... I forgot the PIN of my Visa, so my brother received a phone call from me to solve the problem ... as usual ...
We give back the money Misha gave us the day before and we began to walk to the underground to go to Red Square (Pt Revolyustsii underground station).
(PRICE: 20 tickets - 250 Rouble)

We saw the GUM stores and the Red Square where you can see the State History Museum, The Lenin's tomb and the fantastic St. Basils Cathedral.

Do not miss to go into St. Basils, it is spectacular. The walls are full of painted flowers and I love flowers. I bought a doll to put in my Christmas tree, because it seems to be an angel.

Going out of St. Basils a beautiful Russian woman recommended us, in a good English, to take a boat in the river and to eat in one of the My-My restaurants you can easily find in Moscow. There is a cow in the entrance (My-My is the sound the cows make ... it is like muuu-muuu in Spanish ...).

The food was good and the restaurant was situated in a commercial street (I saw a marvellous tablecloth. Yes, I use to buy unusual thing during my travel ...), we bought some fruit to dinner and we began to walk to the river.
We could easily find the boat, because a big queue of Russian people was there (nothing about tourist, fantastic!!). The woman was beautifully dressed with never ending heels.

In general all the people were leaving alcohol bottles with them (yes, Russian people drink a lot) and all the boats carried people dancing and drinking as a disco ...
But, well, our boat was a familiar one, so we bought bottles of water to drink while looking at Moscow from the river.

The tour finished and we took the tube again to go to the hostel. When we arrived at or destination, we needed to decide which exit to take: right or left ... and as Murphy, this great man said, we selected the wrong exit. So when we were outside, we couldn't recognise anything ... and nobody speaks English ... and nobody understand Latin alphabet, only Cyrillic one ... so we have two options: buy a tube ticket just to cross to the other side or took a paper, a pencil and to demonstrate how good we are at playing pictionary ...
I do not know how, but Fernando could draw 'something' and the policeman understood ...

Sunday 12-08
Today the plan is to go to the Kremlin. We pass the whole morning enjoyed with the cathedrals and the garden.

We had lunch close to the Kremlin, in one of the restaurants close to the water canals, where children were taking a bath ... today was hot!

Alter this, we took the underground to go to Izmailovo market, don't miss it!, and I could find the same tablecloth I saw in the shop close to My-My restaurant but much more cheaper, so I bought it.
It is a really interesting market where you can find lots of soviet staff, like the compass with the sickle and the hammer. I was doubting and finally I didn't buy it ... but I bought a beautiful one in Ulam Bator (One of the presents had to be a compass!). I bought a funny cap for my brother and magnets for my mother, Elena and me.
We were really exhausted so we made an stop in a beautiful bar made of wood and with some more energy, we took the tube to go to the hostel.

Monday 13-08

Today two options: Lenin's tomb or Novodichy monastery. But on Mondays the Lenin's tom is close so ...
Novodichy is good and quite. We could listen a concert of Siberian songs made by big men with a impressive voice. Fernando, who loves music, bought a CD.

Out of Noodichy there is a lake where you can drink something while relaxing. There, I bought a drawing made by a funny painter.

We took the tube to return to the city and we had lunch in a Yolki-Polki restaurant (like My-My, but better quality) where we can eat a good caviar.
We walked around the city as a goodbye:

and we saw all the mains tube stations (they are like rooms of a palace!) before going to the hostel to take the luggage to go to the train station.

The best tube stations are:
- Novoslobodskaya
- Pt Revolyutsii (the station to go to Red Sq)
- Komsomlskaya (the station to go to train station)

In the train station we bought some food and we met Janelise, a Swiss girl who is a solo traveller, who told us that we were not going to have a shower in the train. She was a bit afraid about sharing the compartment with strange people ... it is normal!
She was going to take another train, but probably we can meet in Lake Baikal.

The train began to move at 22.30 and it will be our house during 4 days.

The rooms were good: 2x1,70 m with 2 berths, savannah, blankets, pillows ans a table. No shower, but the bathroom was clean (it was common for all the peple in the same wagon) and we have air condition.
The tour girls were in the same room and the two boys where in the next room sharing space with Basil, a Russian military guy.
We had dinner and that night I spoke a lot with you ;-)

This first night I couldīt sleep well, too many noise and movement ...
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ellenmilton on

What can I say? Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

perez_r on

Re: from russia with love. Moscow. Kremlin.

Thanks very much for your message.
I hope, in the close future, I can return to Moscow and to visit for first time Saint Peterburg.

If you visit Spain I will wait for you opinion. For sure it will show me things I will never think about:-)

Have a very nice day

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