Continued from this Moscow recap post.
So we had finished a full day of touring. We got that peak of blue sky but that was the last we saw of the sun until were back on American soil. Jet lag was hitting us pretty hard so we went back to the hotel for a little bit of a late afternoon nap. I know, I know, this is a mortal sin of traveling but we couldn't resist.
After a little rest, we braved a little nighttime stroll despite our concerns of being hassled. I just couldn't resist taking a peak in the dark.
The next day we met our tour guide again for a trip to the market and a little peak around the famous metro system.
The market was interesting to visit but I wasn't blown away by anything to purchase. It seems odd to me the market is essentially entirely for tourists but its sort of out of the way of the major attractions. I was hoping for a little more flea market rather than 100% souvenirs.
That said, there was plenty to look at for a few hours.
I did purchase a book of posters of vintage soviet advertising. My favorite is the galoshes ad seen here on the left.
After we were done browsing, we got to see some of the more amazing metro stations. Really stunning.
On our way back, we got to see a "rally" (using the term loosely) to bring communism back. As we were told, these people are allowed to protest because they pose no real threat to the administration. That wouldn't be the case for most protestors.
Back to hotel where we had the most amazing but outrageously expensive brunch we've ever had. I'm still dreaming of those blinis.
The view wasn't too bad either.
That night we had tickets to the circus.
Photographs were prohibited so even though I tried to document it, I was too afraid of being caught by the scary babushka ushers to compose a decent shot.
It was an entertaining show - extra points for cat tricks and a zero count of scary clowns. But the most amazing thing was that you could take photographs with a full grown bear, leopard or panther in the lobby!!
There was no chance in hell I was going to be volunteering for the next edition of When Animals Attack but I was amazed that locals put their children next to these wild animals for the photo op. I love a good photo too but this is the fruit of your loins, people! Seriously amazing to me.
And then it was time to pack up and head back home. A whirlwind trip for sure but I'm so glad I got to experience being there. It's nice to be able to fulfill a childhood wish to yourself if that makes any sense.
Hope you enjoyed taking the trip with us. Countdown til the next locale begins now :)
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