Good morning! I’m back at the Red Square. Yesterday I showed you guys this side. Today I’m showing two others. Over the years, the Red Square has been the site of various public exhibitions, proclamations, demonstrations, beheadings… Today it’s considered the central square of Moscow since all mayor avenues, which connect to Russia’s main highways, originate from here. This is kilometer zero. Yes, it’s really like that. Now, one of the most famous attractions in Moscow:
St. Basil’s Cathedral. This building is from the 1500s, can you believe it? It was ordered by Tsar Ivan the Terrible and rumor has it that when he was done, he blinded the architect so that he could never build never something so beautiful again. St. Basil himself is buried underneath. These are smaller churches inside the cathedral. 10 churches reflect the four-century history of the cathedral. Very different this cathedral, huh? You get in expecting a huge room for the services, but no. I’m glad you guys could see a little bit of the icons of the Orthodox church, as yesterday I couldn’t take any picture at the Kremlin. You’re probably wondering, what is this enormous structure here? This is the most sofisticated shopping mall in Russia. Moscow has the world’s highest concentration of billionaires. Welcome to the GUM. This was the name given to top department stores during the Soviet Union. Here there were no shortages of consumer goods. Look at that, some old pictures of the GUM during the Soviet Union. You know why everyone has an ice cream?
‘Cuz is really good! It’s also a tradition here!
A gentleman stopped me on the street and told me I should definitely try this ice cream, because is the same recipe since the Soviet times. And he guaranteed it’s delicious. The pink one Strawberry Yes Only 50 Rubles! Less than US$ 1! Thanks! Near the Red Square there are some major attractions,
expect a long walk as everything is spread out, although in the map they look side by side. So, I’ll take the easy route. The advantage of the Sightseeing bus is that there is also an audio guide, so you can learn about what you are seeing. And of course you can get in, get out in as many places as you want so it’s very convenient too. Traffic in Moscow tends to be very slow sometimes.
While drivers hate it, I love it, as it gives me more time to photograph
especially from up here. I was getting kind of hungry so we stopped here at the mall to eat something. Guys, this mall is crazy! Russians love a mall. This area must be so cool at night, look at the amount of bars and restaurants. Tonight, I’ll visit the highest point in Moscow, the TV Tower. The metro is very good here in Moscow, you never wait more than two minutes for a train. 20 million people live in the metropolitan area and this is their main transport. Some of the stations here are so beautiful! Tip to ride the metro: always bring the name of your destination also in the Cyrillic alphabet, not all signs are translated into English. This is the tallest freestanding structure in Europe. You know when you take the candy out of the kid? The tower is closed! Much early than the website says, I guess they don’t update the English version accordingly. Even here it says that it goes until 10 PM I went back to their office to complain And they explained me that yeah, you can stay there until ten, but you have to buy the ticket before nine and I arrived at 9:03 PM But that´s okay, tomorrow is a new day.