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Moscow

St. Basil's church on Red Square, directly opposite the entrance to the Kremlin
 
St. Basil's church on Red Square, directly opposite the entrance to the Kremlin

 

A large city - very congested. Sadly, we spent more time in the bus going to-and-fro than actually seeing sights. What we saw was quite interesting - St. Basil's, the Kremlin, remarkable state treasures, art, etc.

Moscow is synonymous with TRAFFIC. In one case, a person being pushed between lanes in a wheel chair passed our bus twice. Statue at entrance to Moscow's port on the Volga Moscow State University A college girl in front of the University (our tour bus is in the background Moscow One of many churches and a castle undergoing rennovation Church and castle thru the trees Modern apartment building Modern buildings War memeorial Moscow Circus - main entrance Moscow circus lobby Moscow circus ring and seats A well trained horse rolls out a rug Bows after a great show Acrobats (some pics are a bit fuzzy - picture taking was not allowed so many shots were taken with the camera hidden low between the legs - no flash) Trained bear and clown Ariel artistry More Ariel artistry Acrobats - both are in action and the top one is supported by one hand Acrobats More acrobatics Tigers: these cats are potential killers. Our tour guide went out during this act because she had witnessed the mauling of the trainer at a previous show and did not want to watch. Tigers leaping thru rings of fire Taking bows - costumes were very colorful St. Basil's church on Red Square, directly opposite the entrance to the Kremlin St. Basil's - from the opposite side Statue in front of St. Basil's Betty on bridge. Notice in the distance the large ship sculpture pictured elsewhere. New, up-scale apartment building near museum Entrance to art museum Grand stair case in art museum Central heating plant - steam is piped to apartment building from central heating plants to supply heat and hot water. No heat from May to October and hot water is off for one month for maintenance Albanian restaurant we had lunch at - Elderhostlers in front of the eatery (pectopah - restaurant) Chow time for Elderhostlers in the Alabanian restaurant Apartment building opposite the restaurant - notice pealing stucco - common on buildings in Moscow and St. Petersburg Close-up of deteriorating stucco Potential customer? Elderhostelers entering a Moscow Metro (subway) station Metro station - inerior of entrance Emblem in Metro lobby Statuary in a Metro station Metro stations are illuminated by fancy chandeliers and light fixtures on the walls Elderhostelers on the train Detail of pillar in Metro station Elderhostelers disembark Colorful diarama made of ceramic mosaic - common in Metro stations. Notice also the shiny marble floor. Another view of a Metro station - the trains travel on tracks to the right and left thru the portals A train viewed thru a portal Betty in the station The train cars were not in the best of shape - they tended to be old and worn Metro train - portals are to the left Portal and sign Ceramic diarama Stops on this Metro line Chandelier in Metro station Pedestrian cross-overs and chandaliers. Note that the chandeliers use fluorescent bulbs - common in Moscow and St. Petersburg. A busy Metro station Art work at top of pillar, meant to show the hard working peasants Ceramic diarama Artwork depicting Russian workers Artwork depicting Russian workers Artwork depicting Russian doctor - the men in many of the pictures looked suspiciously like Lenin - maybe the artist knew what was best for himself More art work - is that a Stalinesk person? The Metro is deep under ground in Moscow - built as bomb shelters to protect against the BIG ONE Steps on the Metro escalators are made of wood! Get together, Elderhostelers - follow me Elderhostelers enjoying a stop at MacDonald's Look at this ice cream! Public building The hammer and cycle on the front of a public building Construction was booming in Moscow Ugh! - traffic, traffic, traffic. Be glad you weren't on the way to the emergency room - it would take a longgg time! Locals boarding trolley cars in down town Moscow Traffic near the Kremlin - churches inside the Kremlin walls can be seen in the middle-background Kremlin wall Magnificent bronze sculpture in river opposite the Kremlin - to Russia's maritime prowess Entrance to Kremlin - Spasskaya Tower Moscow - Red Square is in the foreground. Chairs and other items are left-overs from an event that happened before our visit. Kremlin - another view past St. Basil's Follow me into the Kremlin Building with guard just inside Kremlin Kremlin: buildings and church Kremlin - inside Kremlin: official building Soviet era building - the Duma may have met here. Now a theater. Next shot: close-up of double headed eagle, top center. Double-headed eagle, symbol of Russia since the era of the czars. Kremlin: Official government building Kremlin: another view of governemnt building Kremlin - one of many towers Kremlin: follow me Kremlin: huge cannon, ornately decorated Kremlin: close-up of ornate decoration on cannon Kremlin: Side view of cannon Kremlin: side view of cannon Kremlin: church Kremlin: church Kremlin: church dome close-up Kremlin: another church / bell tower Kremlin: church - close-up of bell Kremlin: entrance to a government building Kremlin: huge bell that cracked after manufacture Kremlin: a view towards the river Kremlin: Armory - now a museum housing numerous, valuable treasures from the era of the Czars Kremlin: Close-up of armory showing intricate decoration on pillars and window treatments Kremlin: watering the grass. A lot of work goes into maintenance at the Kremlin. Many pubic buildings across Russia have obviously been restored recently, including restoration of gold-gilt on church domes, repainting, etc. Kremlin: the waterer Kremlin: view of one of several towers in the Kremlin wall Kremlin: ruby star topping one of the Kremlin towers Close-up of ruby star topping a Kremlin tower Wait for the big-wig to pass.
On the side of the police car: Mockba - Moscow VIP being escorted from the Kremlin - traffic is blocked and an escort is provided for this big wig Moscow - view from the window of our hotel. The red and white stacks are likely at a central heating plant. Moscow - view from the window of our hotel. Note base of tower on right, refer to next picture Moscow - monument to Russian acievments in space across the street from our hotel - note the rocket at the top of the monument. A large tower with a restaurant appears in the background - it was closed due to a fire. Moscow - close-up of monument to Russian acievments in space across the street from our hotel - note the rocket at the top of the monument. Moscow - a view at night from our hotel window Moscow - group picture - across the street from the Kremlin
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