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My last flight was CAD$249 for a 8hr 45min ride with 1 stop in RIX for 4hr 25min via Air Baltic. The hotel I stayed at was the Hotel Metropol Moscow which was CAD$188 per night, or CAD$664.80 for 3 nights.
On the first day I started off with an 11min cab to The State Tretyakov Gallery after a hearty hotel breakfast. It is a famous art gallery in Moscow. that is a wonderful place to educate yourself and admire Russian fine art. There was an amazing collection of Russian artists such as Shishkin, Borovikovsky and Kiprensky. I found that it was easy to find, well-presented, and a very good way to expand and enrich your view of Russia, its art and its history. I took the audioguide tour, and it was really good and worth the extra money. I then ended the day with an 17min cab to Bolshoi Theater. To fully enjoy this, I treated myself to the best seats I could afford and dressed up to attend. The theater had a stunning interior and an amazing performance that was a wonderful experience from start to finish.
State Tretyakov Gallery

State Tretyakov Gallery

On the second day I began with a 10min cab to Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, which is the largest museum of European art in Moscow, located in Volkhonka street, just opposite the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. It is a fine arts museum located in the center of the city with a large collection of ancient art as well as Renaissance masters, Impressionists and modern art. In contrast to Tretyakov gallery, its focus is on foreign art. It is a vaery large museum and I ended up spending the entire day there. Then, I ended the day with a 15min cab to Farmers Restaurant Lavkalavka. This is simply the best restaurant I've tried during my entire trip. It was an excellent value for the money and had good service for the delicious courses. I had the borsch soup , but everything on the menu was divine. This restaurant severs food from a selected group of local suppliers and every meal comes with a story which makes it personal.
Farmer's Restaurant

Farmer's Restaurant

On the last day I first took a 16min walk to Moscow Kremlin, which is a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River to the south, Saint Basil's Cathedral and Red Square to the east, and the Alexander Garden to the west. It is a large fortress surrounded by huge red walls and beautiful towers. It showcases 800 years of Russian history, and although no bags are allowed, they can be left at the luggage. The outdoor churches, gardens, Tsar bell and the great cannon were all very impressive to see in person. Finally I ended the day with a 12min walk to St. Basil's Cathedral. This is surely the most iconic building in Russia and it lives up to its renowned worldview. It is an absolutely beautiful and incredibly intricately designed masterpiece built in the 1950's to replace a church that already stood on this spot. At the end of the day I had my last meal in Russia at the local canteen and went back to my hotel to pack my bags and go home.
red fort moscow

red fort moscow

Posted by TravelBuddy2016 07:16 Archived in Russia

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