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Moscow tour and покровское стрешнево

October 16, 2013

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The other day I decided to play tourist “for real” and take a free Moscow tour (of course it’s not really free, since you give a tip at the end, but it’s cheaper than normal, I guess.) We started near Metro Kitai-Gorod (which means Chinatown, but it’s not really a Chinatown) near the statue of Methodius and Cyril (Cyril of the Cyrillic alphabet) and ended near Red Square.

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You know you have worked in a library when your first thought as you take the picture is “M is for…Metro.” (Or maybe you just read a lot.)

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Statue of Cyril and Methodius

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If I was smart I’d remember the name of this church.

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Can you see one of the seven sisters in the distance?

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St. Basil’s Cathedral

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Mosaics inside the Mayakovskaya Metro

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The characters around Red Square can make you feel like you are at an amusement park or something.

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The bear from Masha i Medved scaring these girls while SpongeBob watched

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Past Olympic torches display in GUM

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Expensive bikes for sale in GUM

In addition to the Moscow tour, I also visited a new park. I think the English spelling of it would be: “Pokrofskay Streshneva (покровское стрешнево)” – so that’s what I am calling it. =) Fall is almost completely gone now (in my opinion, the leaves are almost all gone, except for the yellow ones, and snow keeps popping up in the forecast, although I have yet to see any), but this park was still pretty to walk through.

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This tree trunk was literally covered in mushrooms

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I learned something new. There is such a thing as a deciduous pine tree. And we have them in Russia. Their needles turn yellow and fall off.

On my way home. This is how we clean our sidewalks here in Russia (sometimes it’s a powerful stream of water shooting out sideways across the sidewalk and you have to be careful when you see it coming and move, or else you will get wet!

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“Freshly cleaned sidewalks” (it really just made a wet mess of the sidewalk, in my opinion).

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One of my favorites from the day – I loved the coloring and randomness of the decaying buildings, and then I saw the soldiers and it just made it even better.

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Playgrounds here are so colorful

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Soviet-style architecture

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Several leaves around the park got caught in branches as they fell, and they looked as if they were just hanging in the air

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Pretty autumn bushes, but almost bare trees

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Closeup of the bushes

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A milk-box bird feeder

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Hard to see, but that’s a whole group of soldiers about to race down this path

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…complete with guns

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Another favorite from the day

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Colorful recycling, trash

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The elusive prudyie that I never did find. (ponds)

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The soldiers’ second time around the park

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Little market I passed on my way to Papa John’s

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You know you are in Russia when cigarettes are on the menu at Papa John’s (and Burger King sells beer)

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 16, 2013 10:24 am

    Enjoyed all the pics – haha those characters… and enjoyed the soldier pics after we had talked of that! 🙂

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