Although Moscow may not be able to compete with other cities in terms of food, shopping or spectacular sightseeing, Moscow does offer many beautiful parks, history, culture, architecture, world-class art and museums, cathedrals and enough to attract travelers. The attraction has occupied many days.
I look forward to more "police status" atmosphere from
At least, there are some rough scars, bandages, machine guns, and uniform guards at the corner of the airport and every street. However, there is no luck and no photo manipulation [provided that I will not be sent to Gulag for trying to use the reliable Leica to expose the story behind the Iron Curtain]. Ok… Maybe my DVD album contains too many old Cold War movies, and too many John Le Carre books have accumulated dust on the shelves.
The reality is that in any big city in the United States, there must be more public police than Moscow. In fact, the sirens are rarely heard or heard. However, since there is no donut shop, I don't think there is any reason to turn on the blue light and drive fast.
Expected to be old and dirty. The reality is that Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport is modern, clean, with luxury shops and food stalls everywhere, at the same price as most large airports, and the price won't surprise you.
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I didn't really do my homework, but I hope that Russia will use the euro. In fact, their currency is Rule, you will see the price followed by the price, followed by "py6". It includes VAT, so the price you see is the price you paid. The current exchange rate is about 32 rubles per dollar. The value is in the eyes of the buyer, but the daily price of non-luxury goods seems to be lower than in other big cities. There are a large number of ATMs that can be distributed to your chosen Ruples or Dollars.
I hope that, like other countries I have visited, I can decipher the logo and even get the message of the headlines. The difference is that Russia uses the Cyrillic alphabet, which is visually unrecognizable, just like Western European-based languages [somewhat like trying to read Chinese]. This means you will get lost and have problems finding things with symbols. Tips on how to calculate the number of subway stations that arrive at your destination.
Someone told me that English is taught at school and I hope to complete the basic needs exchange. The reality is that almost no one can help you and speak a lot of English. Compared to in Paris or London, the conversation you will hear in Moscow is less audible. Oh, to be sure, large international hotels are not a problem, but the situation on the street or in the store is completely different. Pointing and smartphone pictures work well as a common language.
I didn't go shopping, but I hope to find luxury brands and some Russian equivalents in our downtown shopping malls. City professionals full of subways are well-dressed, but definitely not wearing D&G. Therefore, they must shop at a place I can't find. I didn't go shopping.
The gift shop seems to exist only in 3 regions. The airport, a shop on the Red Square and a pedestrian street called Arbat Street. Speaking of Arbat, in addition to the Kremlin, it is one of the oldest areas in Moscow. It is the home of nobles, artists, writers, and has some fine museums and period buildings. It's worth a few hours.
Expecting this is difficult, but once you learn two things, it's easy. The Moscow Metro System [METRO] is great. Easy to use, inexpensive [one dollar can take you anywhere], fast, clean, reliable and often used [training every minute or every two minutes during normal hours]. As a demonstration of Russian Stalinism, most stations have high ceilings, marble and ornate chandeliers, which are impressive in structure.
Don't expect to call a taxi on the street. Legal people do not travel by boat to find fares. You may find them after the Bolshoi Theatre or at certain train stations, but plan to have the hotel arrange taxis in advance and plan a few hours to inform you to arrive there on time. Several times I asked for a taxi, and they all arrived as scheduled. It is best to let your hotel negotiate fares and pay in advance to avoid accidents.
I tend to wander around without paying too much attention to my whereabouts. Even if I am not sure where I am [get lost] and walk through the alley, I have never seen anything that makes me feel uncomfortable. However, I recommend that you use it with caution. Always pay attention to the surrounding environment and travel together.
Looking forward to and seeing many of the Khrushchev era apartments, it looks very frustrating. Obviously, they were built to stay away from public urban life and provide a private space for each family, even if the walls are thin and the heating is not good. They were quickly replaced by modern high-rise residential buildings, which seems to be a huge improvement.
If you are not impressed with Khrushchev's architects, you will find his predecessor, Joseph Stalin, with a magnificent vision and conceived many Gothic steel skyscrapers. The first time began in 1941, but was abandoned because Moscow defense [the damn German!] needed steel. Seven were built after the war and are now known as the "seven sisters." They are as grand as any building in Manhattan and stand out from the skyline.
Like most European cities, Moscow has a large number of churches and cathedrals. The difference is that Russia has banned religious beliefs for 75 years, many of which were dismantled by well-meaning Communists. Some of them have been rebuilt since 1995, and they are no different from the original version except for the obvious improvements in the pipeline.
The most striking aspect of Moscow architecture is the use of color. Looking forward to monotony, the reality is that multi-colored crayons and bright primary colors are scattered between the masonry. The Moscow people explained that the bright colors can withstand the long Russian winter. The famous 450-year-old St Basil's Cathedral takes its color to its extreme with its Disney-like onion-shaped tower. St. Basil is a striking attraction, day or night. Even if there are photos in every book about Russia, go there. Just on the Red Square.
Rich, will definitely impress the art lovers. In order to truly experience the tsar's lifestyle and rich wealth, please make an appointment to enter Amory within the walls of the Kremlin. It contains everything from Faberge Eggs to Royal Carriages. Skip the 1812 Museum on Red Square. Nothing has been translated into English, and overall it is still very la foot.
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Think of it as a way of life, even if you are not seen as a tourist, they will openly enter you. This may be the only rude rudeness I have outside of the rude services offered by some but not all stores and restaurants.
Expectations for food are not high from
But some surprises. Russia's first meal was in a coffee shop in GUM, a gorgeous shopping mall with a 120-year history on Red Square. Exquisite, exquisite food, talent, quality service and reasonably priced wine and food. During the stay, we tasted Georgian cuisine on Leningradskaya Street. The hotel food is poor, and the Serbs are in the hidden bar/restaurant downstairs. The only place to offer quality service is the Serbian restaurant, which seems to be really happy for our presence.
Lunch is easy in many coffee shops, casual dining restaurants and places where food stalls are available. 400 rubles will receive a sumptuous lunch and even a glass of Russian wine.
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Moscow people will not give tips, and Americans will not. That is a simple fact that comes out of the local guide. When the server thought that I didn't give a tip, I was chased. When the label appeared, it was not unusual to find a small note as a reminder. If you decide to tip, 10% of the wolves will avoid it.
Don't expect someone to skyrocket because you might be a customer. Although many Western habits are gradually infiltrating into Moscow, the concept of customer service is still in its infancy, and socialist standards still exist [think Paris]. Services are usually slow, with little eye contact [which may mean they have to do something], but usually not very comfortable [think Paris].
In Moscow, the details to be seen are much more than what you would see on a rainy day. Moscow easily exceeded my modest expectations and proved to be a worthwhile destination. This is an unusual goal because there aren't many Western vacationers [please read here] that are worth a visit. Moreover, even if you can easily enter the Kremlin wall, it sounds a bit bold and romantic.