Postcards from Moscow

When I was in Moscow in June, I spent a couple of days wandering around the city centre, taking pictures of things that caught my eye. I must admit that this city is slowly growing on me; the old architecture of the city centre is picturesque with a mixture of crumbling buildings from 18th and 19th centuries and brand new building erected in the last decade or so. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, there has been a proliferation of boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, etc, which are a welcome addition to the long-existing historical sights. It is now one of the most buzzing capital cities in Europe, and it is definitely worth a visit, if you have never been there.

As a little side note, here are some of my favourite places to eat in Moscow (click on names for links):

Cafe Pushkin – Officially my most favourite restaurant in the world. This restaurant serves outstandingly good, traditional Russian food.

Breakfast Cafe – New discovery for me. Apparently this is the best Western – style brunch place in Moscow. And it was pretty damn good: delicious fluffy pancakes (there was at least a dozen different types), yummy, filling egg dishes, and really good coffee.

Wolkonsky – A small chain of excellent bakeries and cafes throughout the city. Delicious breads and pastries, and, yet again, great coffee. Last time I went, I noticed they were serving flat whites and piccolos.

There is also now a Shake Shack on Arbat street. I must check that out next time I am in town. Globalisation and eradication of individual cultures, sighs…

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Favourite shot from my last visit; I came across this very vibrant graffiti, around the corner from Arbat Street

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, completely rebuilt in 1997

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I love the shabbiness of many of the buildings. Somehow it adds charm to the city!

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Post Office

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Many beds of carnations, across the bridge from Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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Public library with the statue of Fyodor Dostoyeski, one of the most foremost Russian writers, in front of it.

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It’s my bike!

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Beautiful chapel sandwiched amongst building along a pedestrian street.

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Scary turnstiles in Moscow underground. I actually have a phobia of taking the underground, because of them. They look deceivingly friendly, because they are always open; however, if you do not touch in, they hit you in the groin area so hard, you will never want to slip go thorough them again…

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How beautiful is the juxtaposition of different ornamental elements on this building’s facade: Greek, medieval, and even the Soviet insignia at the top of the building?

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I love the contrast between the graffiti and the classical looking building in the background.

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One of the statues, all representing characters from Russian fairy tales, in the extensive fountain complex next to the Kremlin.

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Arbat street, one of the most famous (and touristy) streets in Moscow.

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Quiet residential street, where I spent a few years of my childhood.

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I love the contrast between the new and the old elements of the city

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Another crumbling building in the city centre, perhaps from the 18th century.

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Imposing entrance into a small pedestrian streets lined with designer boutiques.

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Strolling down a boulevard

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Small Russian Orthodox church

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Beautiful mosaic

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I am not sure of the reason of why so many buildings are yellow…

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Door graffiti

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Red-brick residential building

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I really like all the graffiti that you come across around many a corner… perhaps others will disagree.

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Post box

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One of the towers of the Kremlin, a huge citadel in the centre of the city, and the building where mr president works.

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GUM, very high-end shopping centre, right on the Red Square.

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Beautiful little church, just off the Red Square

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Entrance to somebody’s yard

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Piglet stickers in an archway. Why not?

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Hermes store

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Statue of Yuriy Dolgorukiy, this city’s founder.

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Beautiful pastel coloured buildings along Arbat Street

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Fountain next to Alexandrovkiy Gardens, and a big exhibition space behind it.

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Another view of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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A building form the Soviet times

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Compulsory shot of the Red Square: GUM on the left, St Basil’s Cathedral on the right.



2 responses to “Postcards from Moscow”

  1. Albertine says:

    These pictures are amazing!
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