On Day 2 we enjoyed a short ride on Moscow’s amazing Metro built in 1932 with its elegant stations carrying ~ 9 million people per day! We spent time in & around Red Square at the Kremlin with the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background of the picture below. We saw Lenin’s tomb, the GUM Department Store. We visited the white Christ the Savior Cathedral (the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world). We then crossed the Patriarchy bridge by foot to Sofiyaskaya Embankment & Bolotnaya Square passing the Tretyakov Gallery (to be seen on Day 3) and taking in a classic folklore concert in which Mark was asked onstage to participate playing a tamborene.
Day 3 we visited the State Tretyakov Gallery, Russia’s largest art museum started in 1856. We spent the evening discovering the brightly lit fairytale splendor of Moscow by Night on bus, boat & walking.
Day 4 we explored the vast Kremlin, the walled city built as a fortification & surrounded by 15th century tower, containing cathedrals, palaces, the Tsar Cannon & Bell and the seat of government. This included a visit to the Armory, Russia’s “treasure house” consisting of over 4000 royal gowns, crowns, carriages & jewelry including Faberge eggs.
Cruising…the journey is the destination…carpe diem! Tranquility base here, the eagle is landing..