Lots of little dolls
Trip Start Jan 26, 2008
36Trip End Feb 29, 2008
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After breakfast we tried to visit the Museum of Cosmonautics which is just across the road from the hotel. Turns out this is under extensive renovation and therefore closed. Given that we were just next to it we decided to quickly visit the Showcase Exhibition Centre instead, which has an impressive archway as a very grand entrance. The Exhibition building is situated in extensive grounds, parts of which have been converted in to amusement parks with roller coasters and a Ferris wheel. There is a bronze statue in front of the building which looks like it could be Stalin but there was no obvious plaque identifying the subject so I could be wrong
Belle was very disappointed to find fur hats available at the outer market because she had succumbed to temptation and purchased a typical Russian fur hat, made of rabbit fur, yesterday at a souvenir stall just outside Red Square. At the time it seemed cheap and Belle had accepted the stall holders line that the hats were unisex even though we both knew, in our heart of hearts, that only men wore that particular style of hat. We had an interesting discussion with the stall holder at the Izmailovsky market during which he denigrated Belle's rabbit fur hat, tried to sell us a mink fur hat in a female style, and eventually convinced us to buy a fox fur trimmed hat for substantially less than we had paid for the rabbit fur hat the day before. Belle was pleased with her new hat that would ensure she no longer stood out so completely as a tourist, but annoyed at herself for believing the guys line yesterday about the unisex nature of the hat from Red Square.
We next wandered the souvenir market where you could buy hand painted lacquered wood items, music boxes shaped like St Basil's Cathedral, Amber jewelry, Soviet era items, water colour and oil paintings, many other things and, of course, the characteristic Matryoshka dolls. Most of the things at the market we had seen elsewhere, e.g
As the evening closed in we headed back to the Hotel for a quiet evening in before a big day out tomorrow of touring the Kremlin and hopefully seeing the Moscow Circus in the evening.