After I slept really long (I got up at 12 o’clock), I felt reasonably fit to go out. My goal for today was the Moscow Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre.
On the way to the Kremlin, I was stopped at the Gum Mall by Katharina the Great. Of course, only one dressed as this person. Stalin, Lenin and Putin was there too. A certain similarity to the historical originals was in fact present. Together, they wanted me to take a picture with them. I refused this since I know exactly that they will demand money in return and I’d rather save that. If someone abroad offering you something then do not believe that this happens from niceness. I’ve already experienced that people offering you something for free and they even said it’s for free but then still demand money afterwards.
Entering the Kremlin cost 500 rubles entrance fee and I was being checked as if I was at an airport. Then I got a map of the various attractions and could walk the place. Inside the Kremlin surrounded by walls there are several cathedrals, churches and palaces. On Cathedral Square surrounded by the huge cathedrals I felt like a lilliputanian. I also entered the Cathedrals, but it was forbidden to take pictures inside. The secret gardens seem to be pretty only in summer. During the night it had snowed in Moscow and now there is about 10-15cm snow. The Garden therefor just looked like a typical snowscape. Very interesting was the tsar cannon that stood outside. However, the bullets that stand besides are only decoration. The tsar cannon, according to wikipedia was rather a mortar than a cannon.
The Tsar Cannon
One highlight I unfortunately could not see was the armory. This costs extra entry and for the short time I had left I didn’t feel it was worth it.
The Moscow Kremlin“The Moscow Kremlin (Russian: Моско́вский Кремль, tr. Moskovskiy Kreml; IPA: [mɐˈskofskʲɪj krʲɛmlʲ]), usually referred to as the Kremlin, is a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River to the south, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square to the east, and the Alexander Garden to the west. It is the best known of the kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.” To Wikipedia
Just outside the Kremlin there is a vigil to commemorate the name no longer identifiable fallen soldiers from the World Wars. Here burns a ‘eternal’ flame and there are soldiers positioned changing shifts every half hour. I could make a record of this change of shifts. Only that someone ruined the audio with a Flex.
Once I was through with the tour I proceeded to the Bolshoi Theatre. When I arrived I took a few pictures and had a look at the program. However, there were no translations, so I can’t tell you anything about what’s currently going on at the theatre.
The Bolshoi TheatreThe Bolshoi Theatre (Russian: Большо́й теа́тр, tr. Bol’shoy Teatr. Translation: Big Theatre; IPA: [bɐlʲˈʂoj tʲɪˈatər]) is a historic theatre in Moscow, Russia, designed by architect Joseph Bové, which holds performances of ballet and opera. The theatre’s original name was the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, while the St. Petersburg Bolshoi Theatre (demolished in 1886), was called the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre.” To Wikipedia
Finally, On the way back to the hostel I walked straight into a puddle with a depth comparable to that of Marianas Trench. My shoes are now on the heater to dry.