09 Sep 2010
Normally, I don’t like the “work” of a full day tour, or the herd feeling of a group tour, but today was different.
We docked at Saint-Petersburg at 6:30 a.m. and immediately disembarked for a trip to Moscow, not to return until 1:30 a.m. It was a day we will never forget.
Just being at the Kremlin was worth the trip. It turns out it is 69 acres and beautiful. Besides being the seat of government, it has one on the great museums of the world. It is loaded with gifts and memorabilia once belonging to the Tsars. If you ever wonder why there was a revolution, just spend five minutes here.
I am generally not a big church fan, but the Russian Orthodox churches are so unique, so colorful, and with history so intertwined with both the Tsars and the Bolsheviks
Seeing the former KGB building gave me the creeps.
Standing in Red Square, itself, was extra special. The giant Gum department store always had merchandise when others did not, but lines extended throughout Red Square just to buy a small necessity. Now it has hundreds of stores such as Cartier, Channel and Louis Vuitton.
P.S. Red Square was called that (meaning beautiful square) in the 1700s, way before the Bolsheviks.