Izmaylovsky, Novodevichy

Alas, today is my last day in Moscow, and so today's mission was to tie up loose ends.The first order of business was to take a long metro ride up to Izmaylovsky Kremlin, a very strange but picturesque recreation of a traditional Russian fortress that I think was actually built in like 2007? (It's so… Continue reading Izmaylovsky, Novodevichy

The Kremlin, all of it, then the Bolshoi

Today was finally Kremlin day! Sooooo of course we woke up to 5°C and howling winds and cold rain. When I left the hotel it didn't look all that bad but I had to turn back for my umbrella and winter sweater. When I packed, mind you, the weather forecast announced 20°C and sun for… Continue reading The Kremlin, all of it, then the Bolshoi

The Tretyakov Gallery, St Basil, GUM

We'd learned that the Kremlin closes on Thursdays, so our plan today was to visit the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow's largest collection of prerevolutionary Russian art. It is the city's best known art museum along with the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, which deals in European painters, especially Impressionists. When choosing which of the two to… Continue reading The Tretyakov Gallery, St Basil, GUM