Moscow

April 17, 2016 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Have always wanted to visit Moscow, so there’s little that could make me unhappy about the place. We could have seen more places, but hey, something.

Reserve a day or so for the Red Square. The Red Square is bordered by the Kremlin and Lenin’s mausoleum on one side, St Basil’s on the second, a Mall and a cathedral on the third. You can obviously skip the cathedral outside the kremlin. No great shakes. The Mall was okay, but again, no big deal.

  1. Kremlin.
    Awesome. Reserve atleast half a day. Includes two or so cathedrals – very historic – where most of the tsars are buried
  2. St Basil’s
    Iconic. We did not get to enter – wasnt part of our tour package :(. I wouldnt have minded paying but the time wasnt factored in either
  3. Lenin’s Mausoleum
    Its closed one day of the week – naturally had to be the day we visited.

Others:

  1. The Russian Circus
    The most boring hour or so of my entire life. Please skip. Right outside, however, is a really lovely park. We sneaked out and spent some time over there
  2. Arbat Street
    I liked it. Its lined with these shops selling overpriced souvenirs, but still, interesting.
  3. Moskva River cruise – No big deal. You might get to see this giant size statue of Peter the Great, but thats it.
  4. Tree of locks on the Moskva River – typical, like those in other places, I think (no personal experience of other places, so speculating). I liked it – kinda cute. We found a couple of locks so obviously indian – one with Saraswati, etc
  5. The Metro – you will obviously be moving around in the Metro, so dont know why I need to mention this, but anyway. The stations really are beautiful.

Thats it, I think we vistited one other cathedral whose name I cant remember. Really sorry about this shoddy, rushed job, but suddenly realized most of my photos have been wiped out. Cant for the life of me imagine how. Will check suresh’s phone and see if I can find other photos.

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St. Petersburg

April 17, 2016 at 5:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lovely, lovely city. Awesome to simply walk around.

We visited:

  1. Peterhof
    https://goo.gl/photos/rXe5MtsuEmJ5XYoi7
    Loved peterhof. The fountains and gardens were brilliant.
    But if you are tired of palaces, am not sure you will find it so exciting. Plus both Peterhof and Catherine’s Palace are a good hour – hour and a half away from SPB.
  2. Tsarskoye Selo – Catherine the Great’s Palace. Nice place, but the highlight is supposedly the Amber Room, which is covered with amber inlays. Skip it if you are tired of palaces.
  3. The following places near the Neva River:
    a. Hermitage – its got amazing work, incl one small sculpture by Michaelangelo and a couple of paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and the other Italian masters. Gets crowded, though. Entry can be time consuming
    b.  Peter and Paul’s Cathedral. This is obviously of interest to most people – this is where The last of the Romanovs are buried.
    c. St Isaac’s cathedral – the jokers did not take us here – soooo annoying. But Amma loved it.
    d. The Neva Itself – its got a nice park along side, a good place to generally walk around

We visited a mall, and thats about all we did in SPB. I used to walk around in the city while the others were having their lunches and their dinners. Hey, and Dostoevsky is from SPB and his house is a museum. You can visit it if you want.

 

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