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Moscow – the northernmost and coldest megacity on Earth

5 Days in Moscow with an iphone 5 and a Moscow minx.

A Moscow minx with a furry hat

A Moscow minx with a furry hat

Moscow is the northernmost and coldest megacity on Earth, I am so glad I was in this amazing city recently. These images were all taken on an iphone; so not the most creative, but one of the best trips I have ever had. That is for sure.

Eating and Drinking; my specialist topic!

If you love food and drink from around the world, then Moscow is an interesting if not rather ugly experience to tick off on your menu-finder!

It’s fair to say that this is not France or Italy; granted. It is not even Croatia or Lapland, it is something I have not experienced before, the three key words being expensive, inedible and entertaining….if nothing else!

Popped out for a drink, got a glass of freezing neat vodka and some raw meat. yummy.

Popped out for a drink, got a glass of freezing neat vodka and some raw meat. yummy.

If the local offerings are not to your taste…

The best food

The best food

Beautifully presented food chiller cabinet in a museum!

Beautifully presented food chiller cabinet in a museum!

Nice cage near the Museum of Art

Nice bit iof raw fish in a cafe near the Museum of Art

There are always the tried and tested global favourites of the rich and famous…….not.

Moscow Starbucks

Moscow Starbucks

At least with Moscow McDonalds, you know what you are going to get; even if you can't understand the bill.

At least with Moscow McDonalds, you know what you are going to get; even if you can’t understand the bill.

Some Important buildings

Once you have eaten breakfast, there is no end of fun to be had out on the treets and in the famous squares of Moscow, here is what Wikipedia says –

Moscow (/ˈmɒsk/ or /ˈmɒsk/; Russian: Москва, tr. Moskva; IPA: [mɐˈskva]) is the capital city and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Russia and inEastern Europe. According to Forbes 2013,[13] Moscow has the largest number of billionaire residents in the world, has been ranked as the ninth most expensive city in the world by Mercer and is one of the world’s largest urban economies, being ranked as an alpha global city according to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network and is also one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index.

Shopping is not very easy here!

OK, if you are in the market for some seriously dodgy green stockings, a body shaper latex suit or some cut price lighters, then the underpasses and subways of Moscow are where you will find like-minded shoppers.

If you need to stock up on dodgy tights, stockings or all in ones; this is for you!

If you need to stock up on dodgy tights, stockings or all in ones; this is for you!

Poundland makes this look like Harrods

Poundland makes this look like Harrods

Hard to find anything of value to take home...unless you are a billionaire

Hard to find anything of value to take home…unless you are a billionaire

For the rest of us, the shopping experience is not too good. Lots of expensive shops full of uber-rich people? yes sir….walk this way.

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Moscow is the northernmost and coldest megacity and metropolis on Earth, the most populous city in Europe,[14] andthe 8th largest city proper in the world, as well as the largest amongst high income economies. It is home to theOstankino Tower, the tallest free standing structure in Europe; Mercury City Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Europe and the Moscow International Business Center. It is the largest city in Russia, with a population of 12,111,194 people (2014).[10]

Moscow – the northernmost and coldest megacity on Earth

By its territorial expansion on 1 July 2012 southwest into the Moscow Oblast, the capital increased its area 2.5 times; from about 1,000 square kilometers (390 sq mi) up to 2,511 square kilometers (970 sq mi), and gained an additional population of 233,000 people.[15][16]

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Moscow is situated on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia making it the world’s most populated inland city. The city is well known for its unique architecture which consists of many different historic buildings such as Saint Basil’s Cathedral with its brightly colored domes.

Red Square from inside St Basil's

Red Square from inside St Basil’s

St Basils is amazing

St Basils is amazing

 

With over 40 percent of its territory covered by greenery, it is one of the greenest capitals and major cities in Europe and the world, having the largest forest in an urban area within its borders—more than any other major city—even before its expansion in 2012. In the course of its history the city has served as the capital of a progression of states, from the medieval Grand Duchy of Moscow and the subsequent Tsardom of Russia to the Soviet Union.

Museums are good – especially off the beaten track

House of Photographt was my favourite here, but also the Museum of Modern Art and various state owned historical/military museums are interesting and very cheap to visit.

Moscow House of Photography

Moscow House of Photography

Awesome Photography Museum

Awesome Photography Museum

Moscow is considered the center of Russian culture, having served as the home of prestigious Russian artists, scientists and sports figures during the course of its history and because of the presence of many different museums, academic and political institutions and theaters.

Museum of Modern Art - Obviously!

Museum of Modern Art – Obviously!

MOMA Mosca

MOMA Mosca

Museum of military things...

Museum of military things…

 

 

 

 

 

Moscow Museum of Art is a great place to spend the day…..

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Moscow is also the seat of power of the Government of Russia, being the site of the Moscow Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence of the Russian president.

KGB Headquarters....

KGB Headquarters….

The British Embassy

The British Embassy

 

The Moscow Kremlin and the Red Square are also one of several World Heritage Sites in the city.

Lenin is inside here, it was his birthday so we missed him.

Lenin is inside here, it was his birthday so we missed him.

Kremlin Armoury

Kremlin Armoury

War monument outside Kremlin walls

War monument outside Kremlin walls

Both chambers of the Russian parliament (the State Duma and the Federation Council) also sit in the city.

The architecture is spectacular – as is the contrast between old and new.

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Cathedrals within the Kremlin

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

According to Wikepedia, this Cathedral, on the northern bank of the Moskva River, a few blocks southwest of the Kremlin has an overall height of 103 metres (338 ft), and is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world.

The original 19th-Century church took more than 40 years to build, but was blown up in 1931 during the Communist rule of Joseph Stalin. The demolition was supposed to make way for a colossal Palace of the Soviets that was never built, so the church was reconstructed in the 1990s on the same site.
The original church was the scene of the 1882 world premiere of the famous 1812 Overtureby Tchaikovsky. The reconstructed church was the scene of the infamous 2012 performance by “Pussy Riot” protesting against Vladimir Putin.

 

A crazy culture

There is everything under the sun in Moscow – as you would expect from a city that is one of the largest and most infamous in the world

Old school Military History, Moscow

Old school Military History, Moscow

Rouble and Vodka still life

Rouble and Vodka still life

Gold beyond your wildest dreams in the Kremlin Armoury

Gold beyond your wildest dreams in the Kremlin Armoury

Say it with flowers in Moscow

Say it with flowers in Moscow

 

The family wedding below was taking place one afternoon at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour these are my favourite picture of the entire trip; it sums up Moscow in so many ways.

The wedding party

The wedding party

The happiest day of their lives

The happiest day of their lives

Towards the cathedral

Towards the cathedral

and off they go...

and off they go…The bride and groom stopped to have a drink, smoke and eat a hot dog purchased from a street vendor before moving into the Cathedral. This is Moscow!

 

 

 

 I hope you enjoyed my little tour, I would love to return with my Leica to take some real photographs at some stage!
Thanks Moscow!