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Re: [BKARTS] Moskva and St. Petersburg

I've been to Moscow three times in the last 1 1/2 years. Here are some of my favorites.

Red Square: St. Basil's Cathedral (inside also), State Historical Museum, Kremlin State Armoury and Diamond Fund, Restaurant: #1, Red Square

Tretyakov Gallery has been mentioned--a definite must. Try for dinner at the Cafe Pushkin near Pushkin Square.

Pushkin Museum and Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer are at the same metro stop--both worth seeing. The cathedral is an unbelievable work of art.

All Russia Museum of Decorative-Applied and Folk Arts is one of my favorites.

On a weekend, try Izmalovo Market, an arts and crafts bazaar. Russian souvenirs in booth after booth. Crisp new American money is often accepted.

Slightly away from town center, but wonderful half-day or day trips--either Kolomenskoe or Kuskovo.

More time? Walk through the Old Arbat. On Novyy Arbat is Dom Knigi, a large bookstore with a good selection of miniature books.

In a town of 12 million, the efficient means of travel is the metro. Each stop is an art experience in itself (sculptures, mosaics, etc.) Learn the Cyrillic alphabet and carry a metro map in Russian as well as English. Be aware addresses are not always easy to spot. If you can't figure out how to cross a street due to traffic, look for an under-the-street tunnel at the corners. Traveling with a tour group will remove some of the complications. Individual travel is a little more challenging--but definitely worth it.

Carol Erickson

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