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F for Free Moscow Tour

It’s general human tendency to get attracted to anything which is free. When I was looking up for Moscow tours, I randomly happened to come across the Moscow Free tour website.

At first, I wondered as to why would someone offer a free tour. It didn’t make any sense from a monetary aspect. But then, I realized that these guys have been consistently certified by various tourists on TripAdvisor and offer a number of other tours as well. I really liked them so much so that I had also taken the Moscow Metro tour through them.

F for Free Moscow Tour

Church of All Saints

The tour starts at the Slavyanskaya Square opposite to which is the Church of All Saints. One of it’s standout features is the Leaning bell-tower.

F for Free Moscow Tour

Kremlin

F for Free Moscow Tour

Walls of the Kremlin

F for Free Moscow Tour

Guards near the Lenin’s Mausoleum

The Moscow Free Tour covers areas in and around the Red Square and starts off with the Kremlin which is the official residence of the President of Russia. The Lenin’s Mausoleum, the resting place of the revolutionary Vladmir Lenin is located right outside the Kremlin Complex.

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Thursday Tree Love: Barren trees in Gorky Park

Thursday Tree Love: Barren trees in Gorky Park

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”

– Kahlil Gibran

Linking to Thursday Tree love, a photo feature on Parul’s blog. 

Cee’s Which Way Challenge – Wordless Wednesday

Another winter day in Moscow

Another winter day in Moscow

The Radisson ferry cruising over the Moskva river on a cold winter day. This cruise runs 365 days a year in all weather conditions be it sunny or snowy.

Linking to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

A life event am thankful for..

Events of our lives..

Events of our lives..

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We all have many life events which we remember for a long time be it birthdays, anniversaries, the day we marry, the day we fall in love for the first time, the day we have our first breakup, the day we come first in class, the day we make new friends, the day our parents gift us a new laptop or phone  and many more. These are the days when we thank God for keeping us happy and contented. But as is human nature, we also remember the bad times for a variety of reasons as well.

For me, one of the key life events which I have been thankful for is the fact that I got a chance to go out of my comfort zone to complete my graduation and post – graduation in India. I had always lived a sheltered and well protected life while growing up in the Sultanate of Oman. There was almost never a time when I didn’t have AC be it at home, school, malls or in cars. There was almost never a time when my parents weren’t around for their support in anything and everything I wanted. Most importantly, there was no pollution – water, air, noise whatsoever.

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Moscow Diaries: A visit to the legendary Eliseevsky grocery store

Eliseevsky Store - Does this look like a grocery store?

Does this look like a grocery store?

Are you wondering what’s special in a grocery store that am writing a blog post about it? Eliseevsky store at 14, Tverskaya Street in Moscow is one of the oldest stores in the city. It was built as part of a historical building and opened to the public in 1901. It’s actually named “Gastronomia Eliseevsky“.

Can you imagine the work involved in constructing such a store more than 110 years ago?

Can you imagine the work involved in constructing such a store more than 110 years ago?

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Moscow Diaries: Christmas nights in Moscow

Christmas in Moscow

Christmas in Russia and about 15 other countries is celebrated every year on January 7th rather than December 25th. The Russians start their year with around 10 vacation days which begin with the New Year celebrations and culminate in the Christmas festivities.

Christmas in Moscow

The primary reason for this is the fact that the Russian orthodox church follows the Julian calendar which is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar.

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Moscow Diaries: An evening at the Red Square

Red Square is considered as one of the most important landmarks in Moscow as it includes a varied set of monuments including Kremlin (the official residence of the Russian president), St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, Kazan Cathedral, Gum Store and the State Historical Museum among others.

It is said that Putin generally works in Kremlin but stays on the outskirts of Moscow. Legend has it that Lenin’s body is still embalmed and kept at the mausoleum. Whether tourists or even Russians believe this or not is another matter altogether.

One evening, when a few of my office colleagues asked me if I am interested to make a visit to the square, I was quite excited at the opportunity. Little did I know that it would be about -15 degrees that night. It was so cold that I was starting to feel my hands getting frost bitten. The Starbucks coffee I was holding became cold in no time ;). Nonetheless, the experience was fantastic.

St. Basil's Cathedral

St. Basil’s Cathedral (the garlic shaped domes of different colours look amazing, don’t they?)

Kremlin

Kremlin

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2015 – The year that was..

And another year goes by..

And another year goes by..

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And another year has gone past us. This was the year when I moved back to the Gulf again. I say again since more than half my life has been spent in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The last 365 days have been quite interesting meeting people from various countries and learning about various cultures.

From a blogging perspective, I continued taking part in various short fiction prompts and challenges like 5 sentence fiction, 100 word fiction, 42 word fiction, 6 word fiction and so on and so forth. These challenges have always been helpful in keeping the creative juices flowing.

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Moscow Diaries: Ice-cream at -10 degrees

Want some ice-cream?

Want some ice-cream?

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Are you a winter kid who would love to go out for a walk when it’s bone-chilling cold?

It was around -10 degrees in the evening when I was out for one of the City Tours in Moscow. While I had quite a few reservations about handling the cold before I landed in the city, I adapted myself quickly enough with more than enough layers of clothing. While on the tour, all of us decided to head to an ice-cream parlour.

Ice-cream in the middle of winter? You gotta be kidding me. But I must say that this is an experience all ice-cream lovers would truly appreciate ;). That feeling of taking each bite of the ice-cream without worrying about it melting away is priceless.

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Moscow diaries: The walk to the office..

Moscow has one of the oldest and longest tram networks in the world

Moscow has one of the oldest and longest tram networks in the world

As someone had rightly said, the best way to experience any city is by walking through the streets and taking in the sights and sounds all around. While on the first morning, I had asked my colleague to pick me up from the hotel, I decided that from the evening onwards, I would make the 20 minute journey on foot between Правды ул (Pravdy Street) and Лесная ул (Lesnaya street) where my hotel was located.

The barren trees enroute

The barren trees en-route

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