Day 18-19: Moscow

Having only 2 days in Moscow, I went about exploring immediately after checking-in to my hostel. I got on the metro to Okhotny Ryad, where most of the places to visit are located a short walk away from each other from here.

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The Monument to Marshal Zhukov.

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The Manezhnaya Square in front of it.

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In front of the Moscow Manege.

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GUM Department Store on Red Square.

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The State Historical Museum.

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St. Basil’s Cathedral.

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Monument to Minin and Pozharsky.

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The Kremlin Wall.

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The Moskva River.

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Shops along Nikolskaya Street.

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The Space Museum.

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The view of Moscow city from Vorobyovy Gory.

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The Moscow State University.

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The Moscow International Business Center.

Overall, Moscow was somewhat exceeding my expectations. I expected to see the typical tourist destinations with a feeling of the Soviet era, but I certainly wasn’t expecting the Moscow International Business Center to be what it is. Even the GUM Department Store was very modern on the inside.

I actually wouldn’t recommend a long stay in Moscow though. I covered all these areas across two days, returning to my hostel before the sun even set as I was tired due to the lack of sleep the previous night in the train. I believe Russia has plenty to offer, except that I didn’t have the time to go elsewhere in the huge country, not even St. Petersburg.

Moscow is also my final stopover in Europe. After this, the Trans-Mongolian will take me back to continental Asia.

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