I am so tired tonight because we walked very far. I think I am therefore going to write less and post more photos.
The Red Square was closed today due to a mourning day in Russia. A tragedy happened during the weekend – our thoughts and prayers are with all the families. (Thanks Mom for letting us know – otherwise we would not have known because we don’t have access to English news channels). All visible flags were hanging half-mast today.
Due to the closure we had to walk all the way around the outside of the Red Square. We saw the following just outside the Kremlin walls:
All around the edges of the Red Square there was a very very big police presence. I was very scared. It’s not like we did anything wrong but I am very intimidated by a foreign country’s police force. First of all you don’t know all the local laws and how they are applied and then also you have the big hurdle of not being able to explain yourself or your behaviour in their native tongue.
The paths that we wanted to take were blocked everywhere by the police. So we kind of got lost. Okay, not kind of – we walked about 7km extra to our destination (up and down the same road trying to find a way).. And all along that 7km we saw police watching us. Really terrifying stuff. Obviously my imagination went overboard as well.. I think I watch too many movies.
It was really cold today. According to the hotel the maximum was -1 and the minimum -2 (degrees Celcius). It felt way colder. Our 7km journey included a very long stretch next to a river. We were freezing by the time that we reached our destination, but we found a very small (but to us extra big) safe haven who saved our lives with coffee and tea.
Our destination was the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
Afterwards we went for a joyride on the metro to see more of the beautiful stations. Apparently they had bomb threats in 3 stations but we did not see anything (thanks again Mom!). My sister-in-law did some research and found out that the following stations are the most spectacular (in any order):
- Ploschad Revolyutsii (Площадь Революции)
- Kurskaya (Курская)
- Komsomolskaya (Комсомольской)
- Novoslobodskaya (Новослободская)
- Mayakovskaya (Маяковская)
After a very long day, we finished of with a shot of Vodka – when in Rome,… 😉