Don't buy caviar in the streets!
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!Related to:
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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.Related to:
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please avoid Taganskaya place
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 alternativesRelated to:
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The Kremlin and Lenin's Tomb
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.
Moscow hooligan broke the Tsar Bell
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 !Related to:
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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).
Kremlin 'photo' ticket
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?Related to:
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Beware of drunken people...
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...
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...
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.
Russian fast food in Moscow
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!
If you are an independent...
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.
Its not the case that you have...
Its not the case that you have to go through a Visa agency to get your Russia visa! I should know!! I got two form the embassy in Geneva and then Edinburghh with no hassle at all!! I was missinformed of the dates that the Trans Mongolian Express left Moscow so had to reapply for my visa! You can get an invitation letter no problem off the internet and do everything ytourself!! Also, I was ripped off on the cost of the train trip. Some people had paid as little as US$230 where I had paid over US$700!!!!!! Avoid going through a UK tour operator!!
While its painfully obvious...
While its painfully obvious that there is a basic inability to master the concepts of supply/demand/marketing in Russia, it is also obvious that raw capitalism has hit the streets...as is evidenced by this famous landmark statue hawking cigarettes on a billboard...
When you walk you can meet...
When you walk you can meet often group of people with beer or vodka bottles in every moment of the day and of anyage. They aren't dangerous, obviously if you avoid the station zone I think it's better.
I stayed in the Moscow Metropol for two weeks in Sept. 2008. Bad: The Internet access is terrible....more
The Radisson Royal Hotel is a 5-star hotel. There isn't much walking distance to the hotel and it is...more
The hotel has a great location, all the central attractions are very close. But the hotel is not...more
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