Raketa. Stainless steel. Made in Russia. Oldest factory in Russia, founded near Saint Petersburg by HIM Tsar Peter the Great. Worn by Soviet astronauts, Stalin, and Putin. Automatic mechanical movement. 200m water resistant.
Purchased from an official store in Red Square.
Moscow has always been a place I wanted to visit, for I’m fond of the unique Russian architecture and the stories from history.
This is the seat of power, from Red Square looking at the Kremlin. Lenin’s body, which btw looked very fake and wax-like, is in the little pyramid building. You aren’t allowed to take photos or even stay to observe it. It’s only opened 10am-1pm and there’s always a long queue. Free.
The cathedral. I actually went in for my first orthodox mass. The service was relatively short, with everyone standing facing a gated part I assumed to be an “altar”. The priests often went into the door behind that area and went out with something. Lots of people walking around kissing pictures of saints on the wall while all of these were ongoing.
Then people put their arms on their chest in a cross and one by one walked to the priest to consume the body and blood of Messiah Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, the Son of Man, the Son of God. They all shared the same gigantic cup and long spoon. No touching of any kind, and they didn’t hold the fresh with their hands.
I was very tempted to go, but I thought perhaps they’d just kick me out for being a fraud.
There were some benches just outside the main hall, so I just sat there for a bit before walking into Kremlin.
On the way to the walls of the Kremlin complex (from the cathedral), I was greeted by a giant statue of St Vladimir
But in between, there was a broad avenue and it was difficult to figure out how to get to the walled city exactly.
On the left, there was this raised magnificent building. It was from the side of the road one could get to the library and eventually the tunnel to the gardens outside of the walls.
I don’t recommend going into the walled city of Kremlin at all – one of the biggest tourist traps I’ve been to.
First of all, there are many charges. To go into anything, there’s an additional charge. There’s a general charge which you need to ask the box office about, and it doesn’t really include anything.
Secondly, it was packed with tourists. The box office was rather chaotic and it took quite a bit of time entering it because all the tour groups just gathered there and the staff prioritize them (they would just shout at you in Russian if you’re not in a group). Then there’s a security check that further slows down the flow.
Moreover, it’s not that big. The buildings weren’t that impressive (and actually some could be seen from the outside) and the interiors weren’t anything special.
You can always pretend to be in a group and walk in with other people without paying though.
Where His Excellency President Putin works. Minimal guards.
The other side of the Square. This one’s a museum.
One of the most beautiful structures I’ve ever seen, and definitely the most unique one. I have always wanted to see this. It’s smaller but more colourful than the copy in Saint Petersburg.
The areas beyond the Square were nice too.
One of the parks outside downtown. This one has monuments from different parts of the Soviet Union.
Even though more than half of the park was under construction (including this one, actually), I still got to see some very beautiful ones.
As well as certain interesting ones like this one.
This park was next to the museum that has a rocket monument at the top.
One of the evenings, I went on a bike tour with my Couchsurfing host and we saw different lakes and parks and one building shaped as an astronaut.
Before I left Moscow, I went back to the Square to see Lenin and buy my watch.
The mall where I bought my watch.
I ate around the area, too. Some restaurants were really cheap. In general, Russia was pretty cheap.
The back of the church. Unfortunately it was closed when I went.
Personally, I preferred Moscow over St Petersburg, because Moscow had various styles of architecture and was uniquely Russian.