AFTER A FUN EVENING WITH MY NEW FRIENDS, I'M BACK AT THE HOTEL AND LIGHTS OUT FOR ME.
I WOKE UP ABOUT 5 HOURS LATER, FEELING PRETTY HUNGOVER... LOL!!!
BUT I WAS EXCITED TOO BECAUSE I'M GOING MEET UP WITH FRIEND WHO ALSO SPONSORED ME. WE ARE GOING TO DO ALOT OF SIGHTSEEING FOR THE NEXT 2 DAYS!!!
COKE IS ALWAYS GOOD FOR HANGOVER OR I THOUGHT IT WAS.
AND HERE IS MY FRIEND, ALEKS.
AND OFF WE GO TO SIGHT-SEEING!!!
WE HEADED DOWN TO THE METRO SUBWAY... A VERY BEAUTIFUL SUBWAY... MORE PICS LATER ON!!!
AND OUR FIRST STOP WAS AT THE FRONT OF THE MARSHAL ZHUKOV STATUE.
There is a statue of Zhukov on horseback as he appeared at the 1945 victory parade on Manezhnaya Square at the entrance of the Kremlin in Moscow.
AFTER THAT WE HEADED OVER TO LENIN'S MAUSOLEUM
THE FRONT ENTRANCE OF LENIN'S MAUSOLEUM
THE FAMOUS LANDMARK, ST BASIL'S CATHEDRAL
IT WAS VERY CHILLY THAT MORNING AND SO FAR I AM ENJOYING EVERY STOP WE'VE MADE... WE TOOK A BREAK AND HEADED OVER TO THE "GUM SHOPPING CENTER",
GUM is the name of the main department store in many cities of the former Soviet Union, known as State Department Store during the Soviet times. Similarly-named stores were found in some Soviet republics and post-Soviet states.
AS SOON AS WE WALKED IN, I WAS AMAZED AND SPEECHLESS... IT WAS FULLY DECORATED WITH CHINESE NEW YEAR THEME HONORING THE YEAR OF THE DOG.
YOU MUST VISIT THESE PLACES IF YOU EVER VISIT MOSCOW, RUSSIA.
THE NEXT STOP WAS THE STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM,
The State Historical Museum (Russian: Государственный исторический музей, Gosudarstvenny istoricheskiy muzyey) of Russia is a museum of Russian history wedged between Red Square and Manege Square in Moscow. Its exhibitions range from relics of prehistoric tribes that lived on the territory of present-day Russia, through priceless artworks acquired by members of the Romanov dynasty. The total number of objects in the museum's collection comes to millions.
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY IT TURNED OUT TO BE!!!
Nulevoy Kilometr Goroda Moskvy
SHALL WE DANCE???
THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Могила Неизвестного Солдата in Russian, [mɐˈɡʲilə nʲɪɪˈzvʲɛsnəvə sɐlˈdatə]) is a war memorial, dedicated to the Soviet soldiers killed during World War II. It is located at the Kremlin Wall in the Alexander Garden in Moscow.
The remains of the unknown soldiers killed in the Battle of Moscow in 1941 were initially buried in a mass grave of the Shtyki Memorial at the 40th km of the Leningrad highway at the city of Zelenograd. This was the location of the closest approach of the German armies to Moscow during the war. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the battle, in December 1966 these remains were relocated to the Kremlin Wall. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was designed by architects D. I. Burdin, V. A. Klimov, Yu. R. Rabayev and sculptor Nikolai Tomsky, and was unveiled to the public on May 8, 1967. The dark red porphyry monument is decorated with a bronze sculpture of a laurel branch and a soldier's helmet laid upon a banner.
THIS WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE.
AND WE CONTINUED TO PASS AND SEE MANY MONUMENTS ALONG THE WAY TOWARDS OUR NEXT DESTINATION... "THE AMOURY CHAMBER" AND "THE DIAMOND FUND".
DURING OUR TOUR AT THE AMOURY CHAMBER AND DIAMOND FUND TOUR, NO PICTURES AND/OR VIDEOS WERE ALLOWED TO BE TAKEN.
I SO WISH I COULD HAVE TAKEN PICS BECAUSE WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE THE BEAUTY AND PRESERVATION OF THEIR HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS THAT DATES A THOUSANDS YEARS AGO.
YOU MUST VISIT AND GO SEE FOR YOURSELF IF YOU ARE EVER IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA!!!
OMG... THEIR DUMPLINGS WAS SIMPLY AMAZING AND YUMMY AND PERFECT TO EAT ON A CHILLY DAY. WE BOTH ATE UP ALOT OF SOUP AND DUMPLINGS.
JUST CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE.
AFTER AN AMAZING MEAL WE HEADED TO MORE PLACES...
THE FAMOUS "BOLSHOI THEATRE",
Lavish neoclassical repertory theater housing Russia's world-famous Bolshoi Ballet & Bolshoi Opera.
THE SEMI-FROZEN MOSCOW RIVER... JUST BREATHTAKING!!!
AND THAT CONCLUDED "DAY ONE" OF TOURING THE KREMLIN AND "RED SQUARE" DISTRICT AREA. I HAVE NOT EVEN SCRATCHED THE SURFACE OF SEEING ALL THE MANY SIGHTSEEING TOURS, THEY SAY IT CAN TAKE OF TO A WEEK TO TWO TO COVER ALL THE AREAS. LOOKS LIKE I HAVE TO PLAN ANOTHER TRIP BACK SOON!!!
TO BE CONTINUED...