Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Last day in Mockba

Here are some of the highlights from our last full day in Moscow.

It began with this continental breakfast. Everything on this tray made me want to puke.

Then we saw the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin.

This is the interior of one of the metro stations. Moscow is known for having the most ornate metro system in the world.

This is a monastery we visited. It was really fun to see all the cute old babushka nuns walking around. I admire their devotion. And I love the onion domes on the top of the church.

Next door to the monastery was the Central Moscow Cemetery where many important Russian political leaders, artists, authors, and composers are buried. This is the grave of Prokofiev.

The Kremlin

This is one of my favorite pictures of the trip. It includes a sampling of Russian architecture with the onion dome as well as one of the best examples of Russian Gothic architecture from one of the Seven Sisters buildings in the background. I also love the sampling of lamps in this picture. The softness in the sky's coloring makes me want to go back!

Statue of Peter the Great. Many Muscovites see this statue as an eyesore. It is ironic that this grand statue is in Moscow since Peter the Great is responsible for moving much of the political power away from Moscow and taking it to St. Petersburg.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The view from our hotel room. The crazy thing is that our hotel was on the edge of the city. This photo proves that there are high rises EVERYWHERE in Moscow. This looks like it could have been taken downtown, when in reality it is about a 30 minute metro ride to the center of town.

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