Яussia* (Day 16, Part 1)

June 11

Moscow

The last full day in Russia.  We would leave Moscow the next morning . . . 

[And what a beautiful sight to wake up to . . . ]

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[Now on our way for a day at the Kremlin.  Likely a statue of some important Russian.  Or a monument to KFC?]

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[Vladimir Mayakovsky, a poet, playwright, artist, and actor who committed suicide in 1930 . . . ]

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[Apparently not a tourist worthy fountain though I found it cute . . . ]

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[The only identifier I could find was “Moscow fountain with drinking water” . . . ]

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[The forever popular Pushkin . . . ]

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[Not to mention St. Vladimir – and the Kremlin is in sight . . . ]

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[As you’ll recall from a previous post, the Russian State Library . . . ]

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[And Alexander Gardens at the Kremlin . . . ]

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[An example of the ubiquitous American tourist . . . ]

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[An example of ubiquitous American tourists . . . ]

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[And Pam and Tom, more American tourists . . . ]

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[No, we do not know the photobombing lady . . . ]

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[Patriarch Hermogenes in Alexander Garden . . . ]

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[Four Seasons Fountain . . . ]

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[Modeling with the FIFA World Cup Model . . . ]

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[This, of course, is Mother Russia . . . ]

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[Tom with an in the neighborhood photo op . . . ]

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[“Seeking shelter from the storm?”]

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[And two from Pam . . . ]

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[Well, Pam did a camera handoff to get this shot of the four of us . . . ]

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[We’re in the land of the cosmonaut . . . ]

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[Two can model with the model . . . ]

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[No, we do not know the photobombing man . . . ]

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[And the four horses in the Four Seasons . . . ]

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[Another Russian model?]

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[All part of Alexander Garden . . . ]

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[Photo by Pam – we look a little chilled . . . ]

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[And back at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers . . . ]

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[Did you know my birth year is 1945?]

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[We actually watched quite a bit of RT in Spain (a later trip) . . . ]

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[The classic photo of the main entrance to the Kremlin . . . ]

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[As I recall, this is when we dropped in on the Four Seasons Hotel for a rest, a hot drink, and a WC . . . ]

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[Yeah, it’s a pretty nice place . . . ]

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[The WC!]

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[Back outside to find a volleyball game in progress . . . ]

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[Are there bad wine bars?]

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[This may be the Four Seasons?]

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[The Super captures Lenin in all his glory . . . ]

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[ . . . and the pigeon on his head . . . ]

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[The Metropol Hotel – we were told it had a rooftop restaurant with good views.  I don’t recall why we didn’t partake?]

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[So, we were heading to the Bolshoi Ballet anyway . . . ]

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[Where we stumbled into another modeling session . . . ]

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[But first the Super shoots the theatre . . . ]

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[And then Pam moved in for a modeling close-up . . . ]

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[OK, so did I!]

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[But we couldn’t go in – another venue closed during FIFA . . . ]

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[A distance shot of the Super, Pam, and Tom in front of this landmark theatre . . . ]

 

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[A Hyatt in the distance . . . ]

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[The Bolshoi area looking back to Manezhnaya Square . . . ]

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[Russian State Academical Maly Theatre . . . ]

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[The Metropol . . . ]

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[Streets too busy and/or wide to cross?  So, walk under . . . ]

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[Almost like a subway for walkers . . . ]

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[As I recall, this was in the Metropol?]

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[Never pass up a WC – or a selfie op . . . ]

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[Pretty good friends . . . ]

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[Back outside (obviously) . . . ]

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[With comrade Lenin . . . ]

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[We’re on the move again and stopping for photo ops along the way . . . ]

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[Photo op by Pam . . . ]

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[The State Duma –  the lower house of the Federal Assembly (the upper house is the Council of the Federation. The Duma headquarters are located a few steps from Manege Square.  Its members are referred to as deputies. The State Duma replaced the Supreme Soviet as a result of the new constitution introduced by Boris Yeltsin in the aftermath of the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993, and approved by the Russian public in a referendum (Wikipedia).]

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[Moscow Hotel . . . ]

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[So, here’s where we are!]

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[Looking into Red Square from “across the street” . . . ]

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[Entering the Moscow Hotel . . . ]

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[That never pass up a selfie op again . . . ]

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[And back under the people tunnel . . . ]

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[Coming back up at the Kremlin’s main gate . . . ]

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[Stand by for news!]

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[Cool door . . . ]

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[And back on the Super’s street of lights . . . ]

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[Hi!  Here I am again!  And the sun is shining!]

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[Getting our bearings . . . ]

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[Kazan Church in Red Square . . . ]

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[These guys didn’t make the tourist information list?]

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[Walking along parallel to Red Square, which would be on our right here . . . ]

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[To get to Red Square, I had to breech this barrier probably in violation of multiple security codes (photo by Pam) . . . ]

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[So now we are tracking right toward Red Square . . . ]

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[Where we start running into people of a FIFA international flavor . . . ]

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[And you can’t help shooting St. Basil from every angle . . . ]

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[The Kremlin’s outer wall . . . ]

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[The view 90 degrees to the left of the Kremlin wall shot.  I believe this is Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, a concrete arch bridge that spans the Moskva River immediately east of the Kremlin. The bridge was built 1936-1937 and connects Red Square with Bolshaya Ordynka street in Zamoskvorechye (Wikipedia).]

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[A FIFA information booth . . . ]

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[Seriously, the only thing I could find was “small church on Red Square.”  It deserves better . . . ]

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[To know it is to love it . . . ]

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[And now we’re ambling into Zaryadye Park, Moscow’s first new green space in 50 years, designed by the American architects Diller Scofidio & Renfro, and one of the most ambitious and expensive architectural projects in Russia in decades.  It opened September 2017 (nytimes.com)]

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[That selfie thing again . . . ]

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[Natural is becoming the new normal in modernity . . . ]

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[Oh, and they have this outer space restaurant.  So, why not have a far out lunch here?]

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[And we did!]

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[Unique place . . . ]

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[Very large indicating they likely host large events . . . ]

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[A large table dining room in the back . . . ]

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[I’ll have what the cosmonauts eat.  Nyet!]

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[A large and diverse menu . . . ]

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[Now we have some “foodie” shots, especially for FOB (friend of the blog) “Weakie” who wanted more food shots and less shots of churchs, buildings, bridges, and other such stuff . . . ]

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[And we thought the food surprisingly good . . . ]

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[The private dining room . . . ]

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[The fancified WC’s . . . ]

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[7 lunch shots from the Super . . . ]

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[They say you can be subject to large amounts of radiation in Russia . . . ]

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[And the ladies’ WC . . . ]

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[And a couple lunch shots from Pam . . . ]

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[Part 2 will be the Kremlin, up next . . . ]

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[And here’s a little report on the place by CBS Sunday Morning . . . ]

A cruise ship is a floating town of lazy people.  ~  Garrison Keillor

Up Next:  The penultimate Russian post . . .

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