I spent the last week of August in Moscow. This time I visited my hometown with my husband’s family from Paris who decided to spend a part of their vacation in the capital of Russia. Moscow is a city going through a perpetual change. Every time I set foot in the city limits, I keep discovering new places to see, restaurants to go to and events to attend. Here are the best Five Red things to do in Moscow:
Red Square. If you have time – visit the Kremlin and its Treasury, which exhibits the Romanov Crown Jewels, including a collection of diamonds, Faberge Imperial Eggs, and the Imperial Crown of Russia decorated with large red spinel weighing 398.752 carats. If not, have a creamy raspberry Russian ice cream marozhnoye (one of my American friends remarked that it is made with 8% cream, whereas American whole milk is only 4% cream) on one the terraces of the GOUM coffee shops with a view of St Basil’s Cathedral.
Metro. Visit the Metro with its Crystal chandeliers, molded ceilings and marble statues. One of the most beautiful stations is Kievskaya, on the Circle line, with magnificent 1950 mosaics depicting scenes from Soviet history.
The Flea Market is a bit away from the centre. It can be easily reached by metro – get off at the Partizanskaya station and follow the crowd. The market has a large selection of Soviet memorabilia, wooden black Palekh boxes (miniature painted boxes made in the Palekh region) decorated with traditional Fire birds, a magical bird from a faraway land, and Red Troikas, a sled drawn by three horses. The market also has a small stall with beautiful Uzbek dishware. On the second floor is the real flea market with old photos and postcards, Soviet house appliances or this red star bought from one of baboushkas for 300 roubles.
For Soviet modern art, go to the Tretiakov Modern Art Gallery, near the Gorky Park metro station. The paintings date from the 1920s to the present time and include works by Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich and other painters.
Try the Svekolnik – cold beet soup with potatoes, eggs and herbs,
Good to know:
If you want to have a day off in a busy city, go to Gorky Park where you can rent bicycles, boats and stroll around its contemporary art centre – The Garage.