Life is full of paradoxes, as you’ll get to witness after landing in Moscow – the capital of Russia, where you’ll be surrounded by overly expensive hotels and shops with fancy designers’ clothes, homeless people with university degrees, model-looking women, walking graciously on their enormous heels, serious gentlemen in shining Lamborghinis, and of course, by charming, creamy-coloured architectural masterpieces.
The 863-year-old city has been through a lot of historical events, political regimes, and cultural reforms. Its rich heritage is well exposed at Moscow’s numerous sightseeing attractions. Indeed, Moscow is a godsend for adventurous tourists, seeking a memorable vacation.
The city offers plenty of entertaining options, such as: sightseeing at Red Square, trendy art galleries, white-columned museums, gourmet restaurants, Tchaikovky conservatory, night clubs at Tverskaya St, centre botanical gardens, the famous Russian Ballet at Bolshoy Theatre and various concerts and theatre shows, performed daily.
The native Russians still break their teeth through English basics; therefore, it’s advisable to grab a Russian-English dictionary and a map (printed or digital) to have with you at all times. So too, don’t forget your passport with the valid Russian registration, since you might be stopped by a policeman for a random check-up in the middle of the street, out of the blue.
Attention couples! Moscow offers a lot of romantic gateways you’ll enjoy. Definitely visit the Pushkinskaya Square, where all the local lovebirds meet after a busy day to relax near refreshing fountains.
Moscow is packed with exclusive restaurants, art cafes, sushi-bars and pubs. The cuisine is sophisticated: Russians like good food. Make sure to try the famous Russian beet soup Borsh, meat-filled dumplings Pelmeni, the ruby herring cake aka Herring under Cover, cranberry juice Mors and delicious cakes and pastries.
Souvenirs, Russian dolls, communism relics and jewellery might be purchased at Old Arbat, which is a long alley-like street, loaded with small kiosks featuring the above mentioned treasuries. You’ll be delighted to hear the beats of Russian street musicians, carelessly standing along the glazed-tiled pavement of the legendary place, fringed with curly lamplights.
Interested in luxurious boutiques, featuring smooth fur coats with diamond buttons? Then the three story underground shopping centre Okhotny Ryad is waiting for you (and your genuine leather wallets, since the local prices bite.)
As you can see, the capital of Russia has developed quite a bit since the iron curtain had fallen. However, if you are still nostalgic about the past, go to Moscow suburbs, where you’ll be treated with uneven roads, fresh produce markets, where credit cards are still one big joke and miles of mighty ever-green forests.
Welcome to Russia – a true land of paradox.
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