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Moscow - Russian soul

In 2008 I've went to visit my relatives and my trip was heading right through the capital city of Russia - Moscow. A great chance to get to know this city a little bit..

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I have some relatives of mine lives in Russia. So I try to visit them once in a while.

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On our way me and my friend decided to stay in Moscow for a day to explore this city.

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Tube didn't leave much impression on us. Some stations were beautifully decorated but mostly the subway was really old and dirty.

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The Peter the Great Statue in Moscow. The statue was designed to commemorate 300 years of the Russian Navy, which was started by Peter I of Russia.

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The Peter the Great Statue, Moscow, Russia

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At 94 metres, it is the eighth tallest statue in the world.

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In 2010, it was included in a list of the world's ugliest statues by Foreign Policy magazine so we moved on.

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Here you can see the Moscow Kremlin on the background.

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The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

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Unfortunately the weather wasn't that good but we didn't really have much of a choice since we only had one day. Unusually no traffic on the streets.

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And no tourists as well.

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Red Square. It separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel and currently the official residence of the President of Russia.

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Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia.

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Lenin's Mausoleum also known as Lenin's Tomb, situated in Red Square in the center of Moscow, is the mausoleum that serves as the current resting place of Vladimir Lenin.

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It is nice visiting this place once.

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But nothing that stays in your memory for long.

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My second cousin Julia who was our guide.

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This is GUM. It is the name of the main department store in many cities of the former Soviet Union, known as State Department Store.

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It's pretty huge and really beautiful. Many fountains and beautiful shops. At least something European.

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Buying some souvenirs of course.

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One last look on the red square.

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We've visited the most popular places which were pretty nice. Most of the Moscow is really old dirty and not pretty at all.

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Another ugly shopping center.

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One of the central parks. It is alright, but comparing to European parks, for example London's Hyde park this looked ridiculous.

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To be honest there is almost no nature in Moscow at all. For a such huge city this is really strange. Now I understand why this city is meant for work and totally not suited for living.

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The Arbat is a pedestrian street about one kilometer long in the historical centre of Moscow. The Arbat has existed since at least the 15th century, thus laying claim to being one of the oldest surviving streets of the Russian capital.

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This is a house where Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was living. He was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

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Valediction. Getting on our train and heading back to Riga. We have a 14 hour long journey ahead.

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