I think the best thing about my quick visit to Moscow was that it was in the Spring. So the weather was fantastic! If it were any other time, especially winter, I truly believe there would not be a blog post for my visit because I “sho-nuff” would not have gone out in that subzero degree weather that Moscow favors producing. lol
My colleagues and I had limited time so we went to the closest, most popular sightseeing area: The Red Square.
Outside of the Red Square, there were a lot of locals selling souvenirs at small stands and a row of restaurants on the other side. One of the restaurants was the international fast food chain, good ol’, Mickey D’s. No matter where you go in the world, McDonald’s is there! I found the Russian McDonald’s sign interesting and had to get a picture of it. Even if I couldn’t read it the golden arches are a universal sign and as usual, Mickey D’s was packed! LOL
Moving on… one of the things I enjoyed the most when visiting Moscow were the beautiful cathedrals! A lot of the cathedrals in Moscow have this colorful, ice cream, Candyland look to them . They have a lot of domes and arches, are multicolored with many different lines, curves, stripes and gold trimmings. The most popular of these cathedrals in The Red Square is Saint Basil’s Cathedral presently a museum known as Pokrovsky Cathedral
Saint Basil’s Cathedral is just as colorful on the inside with even more detailed paintings on the walls and ceilings. There are steep, winding staircases leading to little rooms and chambers holding historical artifacts, plaques and paintings that tell stories about the church and religion. It is definitely a site to see!
To top it off, in one of the chambers they had a male quartet singing in acapella. As they harmonized and sang, their voices echoed perfectly through the chambers and rooms of the Cathedral giving it that old, 12 Century catholic church feel. I have not uploaded my video of them on any social network but I was able to find the quartet on youtube. Two of the men in this video were part of the quartet that sang when I was there…
After our tour of Saint Basil’s Cathedral we walked around the area a bit more and found ourselves at one of the malls in the area. I totally forgot the name of the mall but I loved how they built it to look like a modern twist to old European architecture.
Here is a link for information on travel in Moscow..