Moscow wasn’t on my hit list of places I was planning to visit. Tickets to Moscow used to follow the same price model as London-New York, which wasn’t a tempting price to pay – for a place I wasn’t that keen to visit.

But all that changed when I read in the papers that Easyjet would start flying from Gatwick Airport to Moscow Domodedovo – for less than £100, so I thought it would be worth giving Moscow a try. Be aware though, as most westerners will need a Visa to enter Russia, which, depending on your nationality, might involve a lengthy form-filling exercise.

First day

The flight from London left early in the morning; but it was already early afternoon when we landed due to the time difference. By the time we had managed to get through the immigration queues, found our luggage, taken the Aeroexpress train into Moscow and walked to our hotel (Park Inn by Radisson Sadu) it was almost dinner time.

 

A classy Tupolev visable as soon as we landed.

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We went for a short stroll around Moscow.

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We realised as soon as we got off the Aeroexpress train, but also later in the evening, the heavy traffic was very noticeable.

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Near the Kremlin walls a number of famous Soviet statesmen, military leaders and cosmonauts such as Yuri Gagarin are buried.

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 Second day

To get our bearings we booked tickets for the Moscow free tour that we found on TripAdvisor (highly recommend)

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After the free tour we headed for the amazing GUM department store where we had lunch…

 

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Some famous 2nd world war statues, notice the Nazi-era eagle and swastika that the horse is stepping on.

 

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The metro ticket machines were pretty easy to use as a foreigner.

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A number of the metro stations are beautifully decorated.

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The McDonald’s logo written in the  Cyrillic alphabet, the first McDonald’s that I have ever visited where no English was spoken by the staff.

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Starbucks cheesecake….

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The Moscow bolshoi theatre

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