i guess i'm not the first and wont be the last one to warn about dangers on moscow's streets, drivers are impolite, rude and sometimes even blind. if you dont take care of yourself, anyone will...so my advise better not to practice new meditation technics in the streets of our city, even if it's "green" please look many times around you before crossing the street. The most traffic busy hell location is Taganskaya place, it's huge and has vague resemblance with Place D'Etole in Paris, i mean how the streets are going different ways star-like..and unfirtunately this is also the place for young drivers to practice:))
Unique Suggestions: be careful...and more careful
Fun Alternatives: no alternatives
In Moscow there are men selling caviar in the streets but beware because it's a fake caviar. The cans look a lot like the real ones but they aren't and you will be excited to get it at very low prices while when you arrive home you will notice it has nothing to do with the real one. It happened to me!
Always be sure to buy caviar in the shops and good supermarkets . Caviar in Russia isn't cheap but it's much cheaper than the caviar you buy in your home country and if you buy it in good groceries in Russia you will taste the best caviar ever!
Mummy , mummy , mum !
I did nothing , just kicked it...
I didn`t know that it tumble down and a piece fall off..!
Please forgive me , mum , don`t scold...
May be it`s possible to glue it...
Fun Alternatives: No , my son , don`t worry !
It happened before you kicked it - in XVIII century...
Let`s go to have fun with your girlfriend !
If there is one tourist attraction that needs to go, it is Lenin's tomb. Also, although he is considered a hero to some because he won the war, Stalin was a brutal dictator and responsible for the deaths of millions of Russians and Ukrainians. I am not a history revisionist, but memorials to him should also be banished from a modern, democratic Russian Federation.
Ambassade de France en Russie
Bolchaia Iakimanka 45 - 117049 Moscou
Tél. 236.00.03 - Fax 237.19.56.
Unique Suggestions: Consulat de France (ouvert au public t.l.j. de 9h. à 12h. sauf les mer. Les après-midi sur rendez-vous uniquement)
Kazanski pereoulok 10 - 117049 Moscou
Tél. 236.00.03 - Fax 230.21.69.
Service de Coopération et d'Action culturelle
même adresse que le Consulat de France à Moscou
Tél. 236.00.03 - Fax 237.20.77.
Oulitsa Nikolaiamskaia 1 - 109189 Moscou
Tél. 915.79.74 - Fax 975.76.84.
Pervy Spassonalivkovsky per. 12/16 - 117049 Moscou
Tél. 237.46.36 - Fax 237.89.59.
Fun Alternatives: Le service des Français est ouvert de 9h à 12h,
sauf les mercredis et les après-midi sur rendez-vous
Kazansky pereoulok 10 - 117049 Moscou
Tél.: 236 00 03 / fax: 230 21 69
Before anyone gets too upset with me, I'm also going to list these as General tips. Just, when you go there, be prepared for some very long lines. You will wait and wait and wait to buy tickets to get in, then have to fight the crowds. On top of this, foto permits will cost extra and the Russians, in their busy bureaucratic way, don't really make things easier. You are required to check your bags, for a fee. Not much is in English or any other foreign language, and they aren't particularly concerned if you get to the front of the line and are told you can't go in because your purse is too large. They close in the middle of the day and at odd times, things like that.
Unique Suggestions: I'm not saying you shouldn't go see these attractions, a lot just depends on your personality, but I would like to say that you can still consider a visit to Moscow complete if you don't come here. Its not that big of a deal if you don't see Lenin's body on display or if you don't see these particular churches. To be honest, while nice, they are largely more of the same thing. After you see one, you've seen them all.
Fun Alternatives: This is one of the great cities of the world. Just wander. Hang your arm out and let a car stop, for 100 Rbl they will take you for a ten minute ride and drop you off.
Stay away from Moscow! I cannot stress this enough. You may notice some positive comments on other parts of my page, but I'm really scraping the bottom of the barrel for those ones. Shopping is expensive. A storekeeper's idea of customer service is giving correct change. The city is filthy. Trash is burned regularly. I had respiratory problems one summer due to peat bogs that caught fire after smokers flicked their cigarettes onto grassy knolls. Half the country smokes (it's a recorded fact). Techno is omnipresent; at every restaurant, church, kindergarten, office, car, street corner and shop. Moscovites are Eurotrash to the core. They try their best to have that cultured air of Western Europe about them but they cannot pull it off. What they end up with is HORRIFIC style, frowning faces, and rude attitudes. Do yourself a favor and don't go.
Fun Alternatives: Chernobyl
You may be curious to try Russkoye Bistro or Russian Bistro, Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's answer to McDonald's. RESIST TEMPTATION. Yes, it's Russian fast food. Yes, it's very cheap. Yes, it's lousy! Forget about the less-than-wonderful decor. Forget the staff who are genuinely nice and helpful (even if you will almost certainly need to learn some basic Russian to order.) Concentrate instead on the quality of the food--or lack of it. Like their analogues the world over, they manage to provide fast, cheap food by making some compromises and some sacrifices. The pirozhok (meat-filled pastries) I had were (i) far more pastry than meat and (ii) with a filling of dubious (and not very tasty) origin. If you want fast food in Russia, go to Laima in St. Petersburg. It doesn't get any better than that. We in the U.S. could learn quite a bit from those folks!
Gorky Park has seen better days. The rides look on the edge of colapse, the weeds have grown high, its just kinda sad.
There is one ride where they strap a person to the ground, tie them to a bungy cord and stretch the cord with a crane. The conection to the ground is broken and the person is shot up, missing the crane by inches and snapped around. Maybe this is just an American lawyer talking but it looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen.
The Soviet Space shuttle sits in the park, by the river, never having seen space. It like the whole park gives a feeling of lost optimism.
I've heard it's better in the winter with Ice skating.
You will be impressed: it is the most beautiful metro I have never seen in my life!
But take care: everything is in Russian (cyrilic alphabet) and there are no colours for each line .... I was lost on my firts day!
It is very cheap: the price for a trip is 7 Rublos (today 30 roublos make 1 USD).
OK, so you have decided to go to the Kremlin. Fair enough, I can't blame you - I went myself. What I didn't realise is the rip-off that you have to buy a ticket (like most museums in Russia) to use your camera or videocamera.
This is a huge con. The professional photos available on sale are much better than the amateur ones you would be able to make (I presume, perhaps incorrectly, that you have the same ineptitude behind the shutter as I do!).
Unique Suggestions: Don't even think of sneaking some photos without coughing up. The ubiquitous babushki, this time armed with light assault weapons, will demand to see your ticket if you haven't got it stuck on your hat or jacket.
Woe betide you if you fail to pay - you know what the Lubianka is, right?
Beware of drunken people generally and specially around the Kremlin. They speak english and ask, if they can help you. Once you talk to them, you never get rid of them. They want money (for boose).
Try not to get into trouble with the police or any other uniformed profession. Somehow a uniform means that everyone else is beneath you and you are always right (maybe one of the reasons why there are so many uniforms in Russia). Then it is also allowed to rip off innocent people, preferable non-Russians. It's sad but true.
Blend in with the Russians and chances that you'll get into trouble are lower (Russians also will be ripped off if uniforms get their chance). Sometimes it helps if you ask for a reciept (=kwitantii) for the costs. As the money is not according to law, they will possibly get into troubles with their superiors.
McDonalds - sitting outside of what was Moscows first McDonalds we saw quite a few drug dealers and unsavoury characters lurking. Fortunately I didn't have any problems as I was with a Russian. There is also a higher risk of pickpockets in this area of the city.
If you are an independent traveller, always carry your passport on your person. The Moscow militia have been cracking down big time on any foreigner looking people for document checks and the penalty for not having your papers on you could run from a fine to a trip to the station.
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