Our three days in Moscow started with an early 8AM check-in at the St Regis Moscow followed by a three hour private tour. We met our guide Gayana (mobile: +79854274353 email: firstname.lastname@example.org) at the hotel lobby at 1:30PM and proceeded to head out with a car and driver.
First stop was the Novodevichy Convent by the Moscow River:
It was cold and rainy, hardly the summer weather we had anticipated. Gayana our guide was surprised by the weather as well and did her best under the circumstances:
Gayana was very knowledgeable and being an ex-teacher, she managed to communicate plenty of facts and figures in an interesting manner.
We learnt about the Seven Sisters or Seven Skyscrapers of Moscow, one of which was the Moscow State University at Sparrow Hills:
We drove around Sparrow Hills and were shown high-end apartments (costing 20,000 Euros per square metre) before passing Luzhniki Metro Bridge, a double-decked bridge connecting Sparrow Hills with the Luzhniki Stadium neighbourhood (which will be seeing a lot of action come Fifa's World Cup 2018):
We then visited Hotel Ukrania - Radisson Royal Hotel (one of the Seven Sisters) to view a unique model of the Red Square:
Gayana gave us interesting narratives when we passed landmarks around Moscow before bringing us to Red Square. Due to the inclement weather we decided to seek refuge at GUM, a departmental store:
We bade farewell to Gayana in GUM:
and continued exploring the over-the-top shopping mall:
Had a forgettable dinner at the mall before walking back to the St Regis.
The next day we ventured out on our own, exploring the neighbouring area of our hotel:
before descending deep into the Moscow subway:
doing the Moscow Metro tour on our own:
Lunch was at the beautiful Wine & Crab Restaurant:
Next up was a tour of the Kremlin, entering via Trinity Tower:
State Kremlin Palace:
Cannons outside the Armoury:
Some other shots in the Kremlin:
The remaining part of the Kremlin tour was forgettable and we made a quick exit towards Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral:
Dinner was at Cafe Pushkin:
On the day of our departure we spent the morning buying souvenirs along Old Arbat street:
before returning to the St Regis to check-out and hail a Uber to the train station. It would turn out to be the scariest Uber ride of our lives.
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