As you already may have heard, I’ve planned to start a blog for quite some time. This is another post that I should have made and published years ago.
Today I’m going to share you pics from my very first trip to Moscow, the grand capital of Russia, where lamented layers of history can still be read from the architecture, atmosphere and culture in general. Also, in the end of the post I will give you a small introduction of arriving into Moscow by air – and a not-so-surprising musical treat to play in the background when you plan your trip…
Even though many describe St. Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia, for me somehow the ‘soul’ of the vast nation can be better found from Moscow. Purely geographically speaking, there is no denying that the city is located more in the centre whereas St. Petersburg was intentionally founded by Peter the Great to be closer to ‘the Western Europe’.
An old piano left to be admired right next to the river in Moscow. I guess every passer by, local or tourist, can try their luck at playing it. The bridge you see in the background is actually a metro station. Unfortunately, I’m not able to recall its name but I do remember it being a relatively new one! Metro stations in Russia are usually always worth visiting. With the cost of one ticket (around 40 roubles; approximately 60 cents) for the public transportation, you can see as many spectacular works of architecture you want!
Approaching Moscow by air in the night time is a small spectacle itself. The illuminated ring roads and other lights make the city appear as it was covered in gold and diamonds. (Which metaphorically can be seen as quite an accurate description since most of the wealth literally flows into the capital from all over Russia.)
Arriving in Moscow happened for me through the Domodedovo airport but your destination may vary according to the direction you are travelling from. All in all, there’s four different commercial airports in Moscow: Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo and Zhukovsky International Airport.
After landing and passing through the security controls, you may (and probably should) take a train into the centre of the city – of course depending the location you’re staying.
At least a couple of years ago, when the train line was relatively new, a one-way ticket to the city or back to Domodedovo airport cost around 500 rubles (approximately seven euros). Please correct me if I’m wrong to give you guys a more accurate number!
It may sound expensive compared to the general Russian price level but I guarantee that the train is the most efficient way of getting to the reach of the metro system. So, in other words, it’s definitely worth buying the ticket. After all, flying to see Moscow from the other side of the world is already an investment in itself.
Last but not least, here’s a musical treat that you may already be familiar with… A song that has inspired me and many others to travel to the mysterious and bizarre capital of Russia.
‘Moscow Nights’ (or ‘Nights at the Moscow Suburb’ as the direct translation would suggest) was recorded and released in 1955. Interestingly, the lyrics were originally written about Leningrad (nowadays St. Petersburg) but after the request from the Soviet Ministry of Culture, the lyrics were changed to the ones we have learned to know and adore.
Above we have a version of the song with Russian subtitles combined with quite high-quality pictures (way better than mine) of Moscow. And below I linked the version with translated English subtitles so that friends from all over the world could enjoy the meaning of the lyrics. That version is performed by my absolute favourite baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovky, who sadly passed away late last year. Luckily, through his career and work in music, we can enjoy his artistic heritage hopefully forever.