My mind is blown by the thought of me standing in the middle of historic Red Square. It was unbelievably beautiful walking into the grandness of it and viewing Saint Basil in all its textured colors. Whoa! That is how I feel thinking back about our trip.
My husband was in Moscow for work so we met him there for his last week. The weekend we were there it was Defender of the Fatherland Day. They call it Men’s day and they have celebrations for their military. There were lots of young military men with their families in Red Square throughout the weekend. You could feel the loyalty and love the people had towards their servicemen. Another good thing was Matt had an extra day off work:)
We walked miles exploring the vast amount of monuments and tourist streets Moscow had to offer. One thing that just amazed me each time were the views walking into Red Square. No matter how many times we walked through the square it was different each time. A new angle or a building I didn’t see before. Red Square has 5 or 6 entrances (maybe more) and there wasn’t one that didn’t put an awww look on my face!
I also wanted to mention the language barrier. Most people in Moscow do not speak English but when you get around the major attractions the servers almost always spoke some English. The key to survival in Moscow without Russian is to sign and point. haha. People in Moscow were friendly even though they didn’t seem so on the streets. They do not smile at strangers on the street like Americans do:) We did get lots of stares because Lila wasn’t in a snowsuit, no joke. Russian babies/kids are in full-blown snowsuits when they go out in public. Another reason we were stared at often was Matt’s beard! In Moscow it is NOT common to have a beard at all. So they saw Matt as an oddity. Matt had great experiences while he was in Russia and truly enjoyed his time there.
Here are the images from our many walks through Red Square in Moscow.
The Kremlin is almost a mile and half in length. It is huge and intimidating! We unfortunately didn’t get to tour the inside because of our little one in tow. She did amazing with all the exploring we did do, plus the cold weather. The weather wasn’t so bad most of the time and it was colder in the states than Moscow at the time! I took a few photos from the outside of the Kremlin and you can tell how big and grand it really is!
GUM in Moscow is huge!! It’s like a shopping palace. I say palace because when you step into GUM it has this posturing feel to it. I loved it of course, plus it was really warm and they served ice cream. We were also there during pancake week, aka crepes! I think I had crepes for every desert and sometimes as my meal. GUM is also nice as it is part of Red Square so you can hop in to take a coffee/tea break while site seeing.
The Arbat Street or Old Arbat Street is half a mile long with loads of souvenirs, theatre venues and artist with their work on display. They always seem to have some kind of performance going on because we saw a drumming band and people acting out some sort of skit on stilts. This is a pedestrian street so it’s good for your site seeing breaks.