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"Itinerary:Red Square and Alexander Garden Fabulous Red Square and Alexander Garden is the focal point and a traveler's fantasy stop. Definitely got to be visited during the evening when it is incredibly lit up! See Kazan Church Historical Museum burial at the Kremlin Wall Mausoleum Senate tower Senate Spasskaya Tower
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"Meet your guide in your hotel lobby in the early morning to be taken to the Kremlin - the oldest part of Moscow. Behind the Kremlin walls you will see many ancient magnificent structures such as the 15th century cathedrals the coronation the wedding and bury place of Russian rulers the bell-tower Patriach’s Palace Grand Kremlin Palace and of course the Armoury Chamber. The Armoury Chamber has a fantastic collection of insignia of Imperial power
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"Meet your guide at Kutafia Tower at the Kremlin and get ready for an informative small-group tour.Envision the grandeur of the Grand Kremlin Palace and walk around its central courtyard visiting monuments and cathedrals. In Ivan Square see the popular Tsar Bell the world’s largest at 20 feet (6 meters) tall. Made of bronze and adorned with portraits of Tsar Alexei and Empress Anna the bell broke during casting and was never repaired. Check out the 16th-century Tsar Cannon one of the largest ever made at almost 20 feet (6 meters) long. From here view the southern exterior façade of the Senate Palace
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Gostinyy Dvor

Gostinyy Dvor was designed (1790) to be a two-story open gallery for merchants or traders. As funds were made available by those with stalls inside, the interior corridors would be enclosed.

The Merchant's Arcade, as it was once known, occupies the entire block at Ulitsa Ilinka and Khrustalnyy Pereulok in the Kitai Gorod. . .the building itself is beautiful and quite unusual-looking. The Merchant's Arcade, as it was once known, occupies the entire block at Ulitsa Ilinka and Khrustalnyy Pereulok in the Kitai Gorod. . .the building itself is beautiful and quite unusual-looking.

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Oct 23, 2003

Izmailovo Markets

Absolutely brilliant markets, and absolutely enormous. Saturday and sunday are the best days to go but it is open all week. You can pick up all your souveniers here for a great price. And bargain with them!

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Aug 01, 2007


Izmailova is an open air market on the outer skirts of the Moscow Metro map, off the light blue line by the stop of the same name. If is a grerat place for any and all kinds of souvenirs, pirated DVDs/CDs and many other things you could want. In winter it does sometimes close in harsh weather, but many times the people come to sell their goods whenever they can. It closes at sundown.

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Feb 23, 2008

Wooden carved shutters

Found a wonderful site on Russian wooden houses. Actually it’s not about houses as such, but mainly on carved shutters.
Look at this - aren’t they lovely?

There is a very ingenious collage, too – the map of Russia, made of these shutters, only I cannot cut it out
The site is mostly in Russian, but you can always google-translate it. There is a short summary in English

I understand one can order postcards and calendars, too. If our good Russian tourist authorities had any common sense, they would have published them in millions. But that’s very unlikely.

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Apr 17, 2013
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The flea market Vernisage is...

The flea market Vernisage is located in Izmailovo. It's the ideal place for souvenir shoppers. Here you can buy everything from ancient books and modern military uniforms to oriental rugs and fur hats. When I visited the Vernisage in 1990, I planned to buy an old Samovar, but I ended up buying two modern paintings instead.

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Sep 07, 2002

At nearly all metro stations...

At nearly all metro stations you will find little kiosks which will sell you everything: nice little things to eat, drinks and all kinds of CD's or music tapes. We found one (at VDNKh station) which sold MP3-CD's with 10hrs of music each for about 3 US$. I read in a poll that on 98% of all Russian computers no original software is installed.

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Sep 02, 2002


Detsky Mir is children's world in English. It is the premier toy store in Russia.
The building in Moscow was built in 1957 and was designed by Alexander Dushkin. It is located on Teatralny Proyezd. Tel. (095) 927-2007. The store is open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and can be easily reached from Metro station Lubyanka.

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Feb 13, 2003

'Progress' supermarket around...

'Progress' supermarket around the corner from Park Kultury metro stocks the free daily Moscow Times and Moscow Tribune and sells a wide range of food, drink, household goods, stationery and clothes. As well as being well-stocked, it is the cheapest shop in the area.

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If you can, go to Mitino...

If you can, go to Mitino market. It is a place when you can buy lots of piracy software and music CDs. Great value ;) You can buy latest Hollywood movie, ripped from DVD, coded into MPEG4 and burnt onto CD, for just 50 roubles (less than 2 dollars). I will not sure, however, that you will be allowed to get piracy with you - customs will most likely filter it out.

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Aug 24, 2002

Matrioshka market in Izmailovsky Park

At the border of the Izmailovsky Park about 200m from the metro station Partizanskaya (NOT Izmaylovskaya!!!), there is a sort of Kremlin Disneyland, where the Kremlin is re-built from wood, very colourful painted. There is a huge organized market with nice wooden sales stalls one after another. Many Matrioshka stands, but also all other sort of original Russian countryside stuff, as wooden art and even animal furs. I think there you get the best matrioshka sortiment in complete Moscow - very many small sales stands. Entrance to the park is free, but is closes at 18h00 as people told me. On the weekend it must be very crowded. During the week it is a relaxed place (I was there on Wednesday afternoon). During the week about half of the sales stands are empty, but anyway you find there a very big choice.

Aug 29, 2009

Valenki (Felt Boots) Shop

You can buy a pair of ‘valenki’ in a specialized shop, it would cost 400 – 1000 roubles, depending on decoration, the quality is basically the same.

Address: Moscow, proezd Shokalskogo 67, korpus 2
Metro station Medvedkovo

Open: 10.00 – 20.00 Tuesday – Friday
9.00 – 17.00 Saturday - Monday

The Bitsa valenok manufacturing company site exists only in Russian, try Internet-translation

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Jan 12, 2010

Are you like a sweets ? Yes...

Are you like a sweets ? Yes ?!
Well,well,well. The best a chocolate and a sweets here , in Moscow,
chocolate factory of the Babaev !! My recommends. ))

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Sep 07, 2002

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Kremlin - Great Palace

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