Between Europe and Asia, Moscow is the vital center of an empire that knows no bounds: the Tsarist Russia, the Communist Party, Putin today.
With 18 million inhabitants distributed throughout its territory , Moscow is one of the largest city in Europe. It’s the political, administrative, economic and cultural center of a great country that has written the history of the last century and that doesn’t seem to give up the pen!
From Russia with…
The russian empire comeback with the spirit of the pioneers, the same that inspired the Cossacks, who were expanding in search of furs to sell.
Everything that the Siberian landscapes and Asia had to offer to European buyers, pass through here. Moscow is the HUB between Europe and the endless kilometers of forests, mines and fields that reach the Pacific Ocean . Russians have conquered and defended these territories “by selling dearly”, literally. Every time we turn on the gas, we have to thanks Moscow.
One more reason to get up from the chair and go to understand where the fire comes from.
Between Asia and Europe, a modern city where the glories of the communism stand out in the city’s skyline. Among the skyscrapers and colorful fancy of buildings, the Stalin’s huge towers show the greatness of communist pride. Among pubs, shops, café and fast food, really seems never to have come out from European borders.
What to see in Moscow?
You will not visit monuments, churches and museums. Here you get into a different atmosphere, totally unknown to Europe. A step back in time, surrounded by the Cold War’s memories .
Yet it’s all still there. Soviet-style uniforms at Domodedovo’s airport customs (the main airport in Moscow) do not lie: the Cold War is still there. Near the airport a crowd of taxi drivers fights for euros, now exchanged for 85 rubles. Even though Moscow it’s one of the richest cities I have ever seen.
Where to start to explore Moscow? Simple: Red Square
Here you can get an overview of the city, a summary to fully grasp its atmosphere. The floor stands like a soviet-tanks’ red carpet. Years ago parades in this square annually reminded who held the power in the Eastern Side.
Now the Cold war is over, but walking on the square is not hard to imagine soldiers marching on under the Kremlin (and each 9 may they still do it).
The ideology of the Soviet Era is embedded in the Lenin’s mausoleum. How many rockets and weapons marching on the Red Square has the father of communism seen? How many will pass again?
“Lenin vs GUM, come face-to-face.”
In front of him the GUM magazines, yesterday symbol of wealth and well-being, today consumerism and fashion.
Lenin vs GUM, come face-to-face. The ancient church of St. Basil watch them. Built to celebrate Russia and its people (rather than the Orthodox Christian faith), its shape reminds a fire that grows in the middle. So many cultures and so many people united in the warm hug of Mother Russia. After all, Russia really unified all its “sons”.
October in Moscow is unpredictable and fascinating. Everything changes from day to day and in a moment can get the winter. In October the Proletarian Revolution started: Russia never forget this. The wind comes trough Siberian forests and, as they did in the past its people, riches, traditions, passes through Moscow. General Winter is not long to come also in Europe. Here is the winter’s door; if you are like you may see the first snow.
The two sides of Moscow are now visible: white and red.
October in Moscow is full of passion and white snow.
The Kremlin’s wall shines on under the Red Star. The night is coming and she is beautiful…