I love travelling! When I graduated from university, I made a deal with myself that I would see more places. This started with a couple of city breaks here and there to experience as much culture as possible. However, in 2015 I was lucky enough to have the chance to travel around the world!

This is going to be the first part of a series of blogs relating to my travelling last year! I went hopping and skipping across the globe for a 2-month period and it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. First stop, Moscow!

I’m sure you’re all having the same thought process as me when I found out I was going to Moscow. Why would I want to go there? Due to the recent news I wasn’t keen at all. It was always meant to be a short stop over before my next city. This turned out to be the biggest surprise of my trip – I left Moscow wishing I had longer there!

I went in June and the weather was lovely. I didn’t expect this at all. Probably shows how stereotypical I was being, but I was expecting snow! The first day there we headed over to the Red Square. We got there whilst the sun was setting and it was honestly beautiful! Especially with Saint Basil’s Cathedral right there, it’s a clear example of some of the incredible architecture Moscow has to offer.

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Clockwise: State History Museum, Lenin’s Tomb, Change of the Guards, Alexander Gardens

The Red Square is probably the first place I’d recommend going if you visit Moscow. Even though it seems like a small space, you get a let to see in the form of the Kremlin, GUM store, Lenin’s Tomb and the State Historical Museum.

GUM is basically the central shopping location; it almost has a 50’s vibe and is packed to the brim with designer stores. I could have spent hours here! I had no idea what to expect when I went into Lenin’s Tomb, but the last thing I expected was the preserved body of a Russian politician! Looking back, I realise that we spent so much time just wandering around the Red Square and taking it all in.

The Kremlin is a fortified complex surrounded by a big red wall! It’s a lot bigger than expected and the walk around it in the heat wasn’t the most fun, but it was definitely worth it when we got to Alexander Gardens and watched the changing of the guards before heading inside the walls to view the cathedrals.

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Clockwise: Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Cathedral Square, The Assumption Cathedral, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Cathedral Square is in the heart of the Kremlin and this is where you get the best view of the cathedrals located here. I was in complete awe at the beauty of the cathedrals, I’m a sucker for some ancient architecture and I was definitely in my element here. We spent most of the day wandering around the gardens and exploring the cathedrals!

A little bit further down the river is another cathedral, Cathedral of Christ The Saviour. I found it a little bit strange that this one was all on it’s own, especially since the complex at the Kremlin housed about 5! It’s definitely in a league of it’s own, it has a bridge you walk over to get there which makes the whole experience a lot more exciting!

As a way of relaxing we spent a whole day in Gorky Park. It’s a huge oasis in the middle of Moscow that is packed with things to do! Whether that be roller-blading, lazing on the grass or watching dancers practice their new moves, there is something there for everyone! This was the last thing we done in Moscow before braving the bustling metro to head to our next stop.

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Clockwise: Red Square, The Kremlin, Gorky Park, Saint Basil’s Cathedral

All in all, Moscow was incredible. I had ridiculously low expectations and left learning a valuable lesson: Don’t judge a book by its cover. I also learnt that it’s stupid to buy new shoes before travelling. Due to the amount of walking, my feet were in shreds! It would definitely recommend visiting here. I was there for 5 days and I probably needed a couple more days to be able to take everything in.

 

There you have it, the first in my travel series! Next stop, Hong Kong!

Until next time,

S.

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