Moscow, Part 3 (Russia 2014 Trip Report)

This entry is part 15 of 23 in the series Russia 2014 Trip Report

This post covers sites we visited in Moscow over the course of three days. These sites are all within walking distance of the Red Square area.

(For links to other parts of our Russia Trip Report, see the bottom of this post!)

Our visit in the cold February weather continued!

Kremlin and the Armory

On our second full day in Moscow, we went to the Kremlin and the Armory, which was quite the adventure. There were several different options for Kremlin tickets, and we were having a very difficult time discerning the differences. So, we just kind of winged it.

Our first stop was the Armory. It was kind of crowded … with middle school children on field trips! Unfortunately, photographs were not allowed inside the Armory, so you’ll have to take my word for it that it is really amazing and stunning! Although I will say that the artifact descriptions were a bit lacking, so I do wish we had had a guide for the Armory to point out some of the more key exhibits.

Outside the Armory at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Near the Armory in Moscow Russia

I had to snap a photo of this sign that was on the back of the toilet stall door in the ladies room at the Armory (I don’t think that’s actually breaking the “No photography rule, right?). I had remembered seeing a sign like this posted on some news outlet when everybody was complaining about the Sochi Olympics. What is the lavatory pan? Do they mean the toilet?

Funny signs in Russia when traveling. Do not drop toilet paper in toilet

Just outside the Armory, there were some great views of the Kremlin walls and the river that runs along it.

Kremlin walls and River in Moscow Kremlin walls and River in Moscow


Kremlin Grounds

After the Armory, we continued our tour of the Kremlin grounds. We walked towards the “Cathedrals” area. On our way there, we passed several government buildings. Unfortunately I don’t know what the actual buildings are. (Again, signage was lacking and we didn’t have a guide!)

The Kremlin in Moscow Russia The Kremlin Grounds in Moscow Russia Buildings on the Kremlin grounds while touring

I’m not sure why, but the guard in the below photograph started to get a bit annoyed apparently, let out a whistle, and shooed us away. We promptly complied and started pointing our cameras elsewhere!

Touring the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia Cannons on the Kremlin grounds Large broken bell on Kremlin


The Cathedrals Area of the Kremlin

After walking past the government buildings, we entered the “Cathedrals” area, which, as the name implies, consists of several cathedrals all grouped together. There was no photography permitted inside the cathedrals, but they were all very ornate!

Cathedrals area of Kremlin Outside the cathedrals at the Kremlin Cathedral door at Kremlin in Moscow Cathedral Onion Domes in Moscow Cathedrals area at Kremlin in Moscow Grounds of Cathedrals area at Kremlin Grounds of Cathedrals area at Kremlin in Moscow


Pedestrian-Friendly Streets in Moscow

I was pleasantly surprised by how pedestrian-friendly it was in Moscow. In fact, there were several lovely streets to walk along.

Just outside of Red Square is a street called Nikolskaya Street. Our guide explained had only recently been converted to pedestrian-only.

Walking along Nikolskaya Street in Moscow, Russia Side Street off Nikolskaya Street in Moscow Nikolskaya Street in Moscow

Another lovely pedestrian-friendly street that is a little further away from Red Square was called Kuznetskiy Most. There were a lot of high end shops around that street, as well as just some more basic restaurants and coffee shops. Ken and I went back to this area the next night for dinner.

Kuznetskiy Most street in Moscow Kuznetskiy Most street in Moscow


Supermarket in Gum

Another place we went to a few times was a kind of supermarket in Gum (Pronounced Goom – the large shopping mall in Red Square). Our tour guide introduced us to the market during our tour, giving us an overview of some traditional Russian foods, vodkas, and snacks. We went back a couple of times for snacks and desserts! Unfortunately I’m not sure what the name of this actual store was (and it’s kind of hard to tell from Googling it as well), but it takes up a large portion of Gum, so it’s hard to miss!

Supermarket inside Gum mall in Moscow Desserts at Supermarket inside Gum mall in Moscow

Dried fish, which is commonly eaten when drinking vodka in Russia.

Canned Dried Fish for Drinking with Vodka

And that was it for our touring around the Red Square area in Moscow! The next post will cover sites more on the outskirts of Moscow.


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