Veliky Novgorod (Russia) to Moscow (Russia), 19th of May 2018 Daily number of km by train: 608km Total number of km by train: 4215km Total number of km: 4615km Travel time: 8h54
On the 19th of May, I left the city of Veliki Novgorod to Moscow via my first night train in Russia. I chose the 3rd class (called ‘platzcart’) which is the cheapest but also the most used one. In those wagons they are no compartments and everyone can talk to his or her neighbor.
When you enter the wagon, the agent in charge of your wagon (they are one or two agents per wagon in charge of cleaning the wagon, controlling if you’ve got a ticket…) give you your sheets. So the first thing you do is your bed :-). Then if you want to relax, eat or drink a tea, there are hot water in each wagon.
The city of Moscow
As I’m traveling in music :-), I had to stop in front of the Bolshoi Theatre, which is the most famous Opera and Ballet Theater in Moscow. Unfortunately all the shows were fully booked.
As every tourist, I went to the Red Square.
From there you can see the Lenin’s tomb.
And you can of course see the Saint Basil’s Cathedral, probably the most famous monument of Moscow with the Kremlin. I was really surprised because it is really small.
The Saint Basil’s Cathedral is made of lot of small rooms which is quite surprising too. Fully decorated, it is really beautiful!
Still on the Red Square, you can enter the GUM store which was a State Department Store during the Soviet Union and which is now a luxury shopping mall.
Finally, from the Red Square you can enter the Kremlin. Inside the Kremlin, apart from the presidential palace, you can visit several churches and cathedrals. One of them, the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael (1508), is the cathedral where almost all the monarchs from Ivan Kalita to Ivan V of Russia are buried.
I left the Red Square to go the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which was destroyed in 1931 during the Soviet Union and completely rebuilt between 1995 and 2000. When you look at it, it is really impossible to imagine that it is only 18 years old.
Next to the cathedral is the Peter the Great Statue, a 100m statue which was erected in 1997 to commemorate 300 years of the Russian Navy. It was reward in 2008 by the website virtualtourist.com
With my hosts, we also went to a small toys museum. All the toys there are from the Soviet Union time.
Life in Moscow
Moscow will not be Moscow without the underground. Built during the Soviet Union, it was the “people’s palace” and all the metro stations are fully decorated.
But Moscow is also now a “capitalist” city and it is quiet funny to see this McDonald’s restaurant just in front of the Kremlin. Could Lenin have imagined that? 😉
Last but not least, I really enjoyed those milk machines you can use to refill your empty bottles of milk. Really environmentally friendly!