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Old Nov 3, 17, 2:59 am
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Wow that was some impressive place you visited there - the grounds look as impressive as the house!
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Old Nov 4, 17, 1:13 pm
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Wow that was some impressive place you visited there - the grounds look as impressive as the house!
Thank you so much! The inside of the palace is incredible we just went the one day it was closed we were devastated. Really what this has taught us is, we needed to stay longer in Russia because there was too much to see, too much going on and not enough time to see it all! We hope you go and see this stunning place! So orderly and beautiful!
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Old Nov 5, 17, 5:54 pm
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Rossiya Airlines Airbus A319: Domestic, Saint Petersburg – Moscow



Flight: Rossiya Airlines
Origin: Saint Petersburg
Arrival: Moscow
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Airbus A319



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We flew Rossiya Airlines to Moscow, they were exceptional. Good flight, Saint Petersburg Airport was really interesting and we loved our time here. We would fly them again!!


Saint Petersburg Airport (LED) - Pulkovo International Airport

How cool is the interior of the Airport!


Ah, back to some noisy planes!


I love this! So much detail has been put into this airport!

How futuristic is the layout of the airport!









Aeroflot have such beautiful planes!








The views of the wing are fantastic!


How beautiful is the plane!

The views of the city are just breathtaking!



The duty free was great


We had a little snack and I had a tea!



We have arrived! Moscow!! A city who’s airport I spent 7 hours in on a previous occasion and never stepped into Moscow!

The train station where we by a minute missed the train and had to wait 40 minutes for another! How incredible is this!!!

Look how ritzy is the train!

So niceeee!

Ibis Kievskaya, really great! $75 Aud per night. Which is good for Moscow. However, very small.

How incredible is this Shopping Centre in Moscow! Insaneee!!!!! We ate dinner here! Can you imagine!!!

Burger&Pizzetta yummm! I love Aperol!!

Delicious pizza!

Yummaro truffle burger!!

We had a great flight!!!! Moscow is going to be amazing, I am very excited to share it with you all!! Yugogirl out!

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Old Nov 6, 17, 12:26 am
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Thank you so much! The inside of the palace is incredible we just went the one day it was closed we were devastated. Really what this has taught us is, we needed to stay longer in Russia because there was too much to see, too much going on and not enough time to see it all! We hope you go and see this stunning place! So orderly and beautiful!
As a kid I had (in my head) a list of places/countries I wanted to see and Russia (as it was then) was one of the countries and the only one I've not done but maybe some day!

That airport did look very impressive!

Have you tried any baursak on your travels yet?
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Old Nov 6, 17, 4:07 am
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The Moscow Effect: Those Sanctions are Hitting Hard



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We arrived in Moscow and were ready to explore. I was very excited to see the extravagent stations, having read about them I was ecstatic to be right near the Kiyevskaya train station. Having watched videos and seen Moscow I thought it to be beautiful but I could not fathom the actual feelings and ambiance of Moscow. Naturally every place is different but Moscow is as magnificence of roses and flowers roses into a bouquet of roses and decked with ribbons bigger than can be purchased. The red of the red square, the grandness of the shopping centres and the simple brilliance of looking around and knowing that you are in a place where the Red Square, the Kremlin, and Lenin's tomb are present. But it is more than this, it is the fact we spent 7 days here and I am left feeling as though we saw nothing. A month would not be enough just for Moscow.
It is like nowhere else.



Our hotel, the trusty Ibis. Right in the centre

Kiyevskaya train station – this is the one of the ones you see in lonely planet portraying this incredible work of art as a museum of overwhelming beauty. Of ridiculous architecture made for the people, for all to enjoy and to hold their head up high and be proud of their country. This is one of the things I love about Moscow. The art is for all to admire. I have a feeling most people who live in Moscow would get a rude shock at Sydney Central. Come check out Sydney central at night and you’ll see what I mean..






Everything is so grand!


Arbat Street, a famous street where cultural enjoyment is a must.. I loved the violins players that were always about.



Street Art, on a grand building.

How fabulous is this.

Random church, not even famous. If this was in anywhere else it would be a cultural monument of significance, here it is not even that visited. We saw no one here.



Lenin’s library



The beginning of Red Square, the famous communist square that will send shockwaves down your spine. It is so beautiful it is scary!!







Beauty thy name is Moscow.



TsUM — Central Universal Department Store is one of the most famous high end department stores. It is incredulity personified.

Flowers so beautiful with designs so distinct, it would make a princess blush (if she had not been exiled). Honestly, this is amazing. I have never seen anything like it. No one does flower arrangements like the Russians.

This shopping centre is so intimidating, it’s more grand than Marina Bay Sands, I guess MBS would be more futuristic/modern and this one is classic beauty. It is very high end however we managed to find the best restaurant inside.

Crazy beautiful


The restaurant we ate at Stolovaya 57, this serves Soviet food and is very affordable. We were almost deterred from going because we read an English review on TripAdvisor saying the food was boring and the shopping centre was nothing special. This is complete nonsense. The food is incredibly tasty and the shopping centre is an architectural wonder.. see for yourself. Tip top: disregard TripAdvisor and listen to your heart. The food can be seen in the YouTube video I have placed at the top of the page on Russian Food. Needless to say we ended up ordering 16 items of food between the two of us and it cost around $20 Aud. Ridiculously cheap and super tasty!


The view exiting from TsUM.



Saint Basil's Cathedral. This is what you come to see. It is now a museum, officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat. Built by request by Ivan the Terrible in 1555–61 to celebrate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. It looks like something out of a fairy tale.








The Bolshoi Theatre, dancing your way into your heart.

No one gardens like the Russians!




Farm Restaurant Lavkalavka, Moscow. Absolutely delicious.



All the information for this amazing food is in the YouTube.

Burrata yumm!


Dumpling delicious as anything1

Yes, I ordered a cauliflower! It was so tasty too!

Sbiten! All the food was so yummarrooo, it was more expensive, totalling $85 Aud. Which is great given the quality.






cannot get over the architecture here.






Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, this is said to be the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world.

Food haul! Totalling $14Aud for all this!

Before we left we called to get our photos taken and the man said: “we do not do visa photos for Russia, but why would you want to go there anyway”. To him I say, Moscow itself has given us more reasons than we could list to you or anyone. From me to you, from Russia with love!!

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Old Nov 6, 17, 9:44 pm
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"Yugogirl out!" Love your sign off! I am continuing to follow along and continuing to see why I need to back to the USSR (I mean Russia). Keep up the great work and safe travels!
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Old Nov 7, 17, 9:21 am
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Fantastic photos of Moscow, a lot of which I have never seen in trip reports I have read before.

Looking at the pics of TsUM — Central Universal Department Store, the design reminds me a lot of the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney or the Princes Square in Glasgow.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 10:38 am
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As a kid I had (in my head) a list of places/countries I wanted to see and Russia (as it was then) was one of the countries and the only one I've not done but maybe some day!

That airport did look very impressive!

Have you tried any baursak on your travels yet?
I hope you visit soon!! What other countries have you been to? No I have not tried that yet it sounds like something I would love!!! I better find some Baursak!! We loved the other Kazakh type pelmeni we tried in Russia! In fact now they we are talking about it, we should probably visit kazakhstan for the sights and food!!! It's definitely on our list.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 10:42 am
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Fantastic photos of Moscow, a lot of which I have never seen in trip reports I have read before.

Looking at the pics of TsUM — Central Universal Department Store, the design reminds me a lot of the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney or the Princes Square in Glasgow.
TsuM is reminiscent of the Queen Victoria Building haha! We have not been to the Princes Square in Glasgow but it looks amazing!!! I would love to visit!!! Similar but distinct in its own way! love it! We probably have too many photos of Moscow, but I am so obsessed with how different it is to anywhere else. And maybe even a little intrigued at how such a beautiful place has caused so much controversy. We have many more to come, we did a day trip I'm very excited to post about!!
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Old Nov 7, 17, 10:53 am
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"Yugogirl out!" Love your sign off! I am continuing to follow along and continuing to see why I need to back to the USSR (I mean Russia). Keep up the great work and safe travels!
Ha ha!! I was actually signing off more for myself than anyone else! Here I am in my own fantasy world pretending people are reading the report and enjoying it and noticing the sarcasm as much as I am enjoying writing it! I was starting to think the sign off was a bit much, the comments are going to my head haha I love that you noticed that, it has made my day!!! Thank you so much for the comment and encouragement I love reading the things people notice in the reports, what interests them, what there take on the places is. I look at the photos sometimes and think I cannot believe I was there. You definitely need to go back to the USSR (I mean Russia too ). Sincerely, Yugogirl out
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Old Nov 8, 17, 6:38 am
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Mmm, somehow its not letting me quote you but:

<<I hope you visit soon!! What other countries have you been to?>>
Sadly a trip to Eastern Europe isn't on the horizon in the foreseeable future plus my Russian is just about negligible!

I've not been to a lot of countries (compared to some on this forum) but as a kid I wanted to visit the USA (done), Canada (done), Australia (done) and New Zealand (done). I've others too within Europe and I've been to Dubai and Hong Kong. Going to Russian (well old USSR) is still on the wish list.

<<we should probably visit Kazakhstan for the sights and food!!! It's definitely on our list. >>
I can highly recommend Astana from the photos a relative sends to me.

<<We have not been to the Princes Square in Glasgow but it looks amazing!!! I would love to visit!!>>
From seeing your enjoyment in this trip, a visit to Glasgow would probably suit you well.
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Mmm, somehow its not letting me quote you but:

<<I hope you visit soon!! What other countries have you been to?>>
Sadly a trip to Eastern Europe isn't on the horizon in the foreseeable future plus my Russian is just about negligible!

I've not been to a lot of countries (compared to some on this forum) but as a kid I wanted to visit the USA (done), Canada (done), Australia (done) and New Zealand (done). I've others too within Europe and I've been to Dubai and Hong Kong. Going to Russian (well old USSR) is still on the wish list.

<<we should probably visit Kazakhstan for the sights and food!!! It's definitely on our list. >>
I can highly recommend Astana from the photos a relative sends to me.

<<We have not been to the Princes Square in Glasgow but it looks amazing!!! I would love to visit!!>>
From seeing your enjoyment in this trip, a visit to Glasgow would probably suit you well.
You have visited a lot of countries!!! that's amazing I have yet to visit Canada and the US. Hope you get to Russia (USSR) soon!!! it's amazing. Are your family from Astana?
Glasgow looks incredible we would love to visit! We will put it on the list and maybe visit eventually!
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My sister-in-law (and her family) are from Kazakhstan but have lived all over the country. Her family are currently residing in Astana and the pics of the place make me want to go visit.

Glasgow is a nice city - despite visiting there for many a year, I found a part of it last month that I never knew existed before and in it a fabulous place to go for food.

We love going to Canada & the US (next year's holiday destination) but I love heading down under too to Australia (been 3 times) and to New Zealand (been twice).
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My sister-in-law (and her family) are from Kazakhstan but have lived all over the country. Her family are currently residing in Astana and the pics of the place make me want to go visit.

Glasgow is a nice city - despite visiting there for many a year, I found a part of it last month that I never knew existed before and in it a fabulous place to go for food.

We love going to Canada & the US (next year's holiday destination) but I love heading down under too to Australia (been 3 times) and to New Zealand (been twice).
Oh wow that sound is amazing! That is always the way, you visit a place and think you have seen it all and then you uncover a part of it you never knew existed!
That is also the best feeling!
We hope you have the best holiday!! A trip to Canada and USA sounds fantastic!
We have been busy so I haven't had a chance to put everything up but I will be back into it!! Lots more destinations to come
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From Communism with Love: Moscow’s Crazy Communist Theme Park & Café Pushkin





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Can I just say once more, Moscow.. is AMAZING! Nothing screams Moscow as loud as Art and Communist Art!!!! With Metro stations that are so beautiful, they leave you in awe. In high school we learned that communism is something that should be feared, but having seen some of the wonders they have created, I implore you to decide for yourself... so come explore with us on what we have colloquially dubbed our “communist day”. The theme park we visit is VDNKh with a 100m titanium obelisk 'To the Conquerors of Space’, built in 1964 to commemorate the launch of Sputnik. Then for dinner, visit with us the famous Café Pushkin with all its beauty!




Airbnb in Moscow, $60 per night


The Airbnb was prime location. It was old but great!


How fantastic is our view! The old mixed with the new!


To start our communist day, we begin at Moscow Kiyevskaya railway station


Look at the detail on this! Celebrations of the people!






I am always so amazed in Moscow, that no one graffities the metro stations! If this was anywhere else in the world it would be destroyed by now..


Arriving at our communist destination - Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh) which is a trade show and amusement park where the achievements of Russia are displayed!




How incredible is this!








The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh) – how incredible is the fountain - People's Friendship Fountain! Built in 1939, VDNKh was designed to show the socialist economy and lifestyle.


So each one of the buildings represents a former soviet country.. each with different things to offer! They were so interesting!




Armenia – how amazing is this!






We suspect Turkmenistan but are unsure, if anyone knows let us know!




Republic of Belarus!!!








A rocket from space!! The Cosmonautics Museum shows interesting space items such as the first Soviet rocket engine and the moon rover Lunokhod.


Lenin’s monument!




Fallen Monument Park – Moscow. Full of monuments from communist times!








showing the oppression the victims of fascism felt..






So many interesting monuments!


“Slava Trudu” – loosely translates to “Celebrate effort”




This one is typical Soviet Union - grandiose!


Some monuments to women!


Peter the Great Statue commemorating 300 years of the Russian Navy, which Peter the Great established.










Lepim I varim for an amazing Russian menu – pelmeni (dumplings)!






Lepim I varim was featured in Lonely Planet, they make the pelmeni fresh!


People of all cultures came here, and there was not an empty seat! We had to wait!


It tasted amazing!


It tasted muchhh better than it looks! (it looks plain but I can assure you, it was not!)








how amazing is this!








We found some soviet ice cream!! – and some drinks!


In my heart, this scene will never dull.






It is an art gallery itself, never in the world will there be such beautiful architecture for the everyday people to enjoy!


To finish our day, we visited Café Pushkin! And we recommend everyone to do so at least once in their lifetime! It was insanely beautiful! Dedicated to the brilliance of the Russian poet Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, a marvel.




we dined in the library!!!!! I am a huge fan of libraries!!!


This was a dream!


As angels dance and mimic life, the library still whispers I loved you once..




The drinks were INCREDIBLE!


The Beef Stroganoff was impeccable – the best we have ever tried! And Yugoboy makes a mean Beef Stroganoff!


The duck was incredible!!! It tasted like duck and apple infused in perfection!






I cannot believe this was the view, you could hear Pushkin here saying, “I loved you once, nor can this heart be quiet” – nor could mine!


They even had live music of violins and an actual woman dressed in the most beautiful dress playing the lyre!




The Kremlin, never gets old. A love as deep as this, as true, as tender between a tourist and a place cannot exist more perfectly than here.


Typically, amazing.


TsUM shopping centre!








On every corner extravagance!

In Pushkin’s words:
“A Poet lives in feeble thrall
To people's empty vanities”
To watch the night underneath those starry stars,
And love each star equally…
To visit stranger’s in amidst emptiness and love but a moment more.
As I do, Moscow – Yugogirl out!



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