Hello dear friends! I hope all is well with you in this wide and wonderful world. today I will talk about Autumn in Moscow.
When some think of autumn, they think of crisp bright days and changing leaves. I love the change of seasons, but when I think of autumn, I think of ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in the beautiful city of Moscow.
One of the most photographed Cathedrals – St Basils in Red Square
Moscow is massive! It has 13.2 Million citizens within the city limits and the surrounding areas increase that number to 17 Million. It is, by far, the largest city in Europe. Its massive size means Moscow has something for everyone. Moscow started as a small settlement about 1100 AD and there is no historical reference to the village prior to 1147 AD. Since that time, however, is has become the largest and one of the most important metropolises in Europe.
The spiritual heart of the city is in Red Square, a beautiful and important public space dominated by the Kremlin, the fortified palace which is the seat of government of the Russian Federation. Red Square is a great place for you to begin your exploration of this famous city.
Here’s a pro-tip: Reaching Red Square is simple from anywhere in Moscow because of the excellent underground subway system. Each of the underground stations is beautiful with grand architecture built on an epic scale. Spend time studying the structures and artworks in these functional monuments.
There are so many cool sights to see in and around Red Square. Of course, the Kremlin is an imposing and grand site right on the square. Just in front of the Kremlin in the centre of the square is Lenin’s Mausoleum. I find it a bit macabre but there is always a queue to see the embalmed body of the first leader of the Soviet Union. Directly across the square from Lenin’s tomb is the GUM shopping centre. Once a monument to Soviet-made goods, it is now a high-fashion mall with the most expensive goods that Capitalism has envisioned!
Artwork in the domes of the Kazan Cathedral
At the east end of Red Square is the iconic Saint Basil’s Cathedral. This beautiful and colourful church with its onion-shaped domes is a must-see. It is directly opposite the State Historical Museum with its impressive collection of artefacts that explain the heritage of Russia. To the north of Museum is the Kazan Cathedral and this is the entrance to the redeveloped area on the north side of GUM that houses impressive art galleries, cool cafes and pedestrian walkways.
Nightfall in Gorky Park
A night at the Bolshoi Theatre
Here’s another pro-tip: Reaching Moscow requires a bit of preparation. Many countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States and much of Europe require visas to enter Russia. Visas can be arranged by express services and through a pre-paid voucher with a hotel that you will be using, but it may be quicker if you obtain a visa from the local Russian embassy or consulate near your home.
There are two large international airports serving Moscow. The older one (although nearly constantly under renovation) is Sheremetyevo – A.S. Pushkin International Airport. Aeroflot and many other international airlines use this airport which is quite far north of the city. Domodedovo Moscow Airport is the other international airport which is situated south of the city. It is a bit newer than its sister airport. Note: many international airlines use both airports. It is completely possible that you will arrive at one airport and depart from the other. So, it is very important that you are aware of your departure airport and allow plenty of time to reach it. The train is the easiest way to travel to and from the city from either airport. Street traffic in Moscow can be daunting.
These little ladies come in numbers – The Matryoshka
When in Russia drink VODKA!
Moscow is also a culinary destination. There are fabulous restaurants offering from lavish to simple fare to address the dietary requirements of the most discerning traveller. I love to have champagne, caviar and smoked sturgeon fillets at Bosco Café in GUM on warm afternoons. It is a bit extravagant but a real treat! For upscale Russian specialties, I really enjoy Café Pushkin right off Pushkin Square. Wherever you eat, you’ll find distinctly Russian flavours mixed with fresh produce, meats and fish.
If you want to visit Moscow, bundle up and visit soon. It is one of the world’s coolest cities!