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    #16
    In 1947 Stalin decided to build 8 skyscrappers to commemotate the 800 years of Moscow. Only seven of them were built until 1955.
    The goal was also "to outmatch the capitalism" according to the slogan. No need to say that the workforce were the gulag prisonners.
    Here is the Ukraina, housing today the Radisson Blu Hotel.



    And an interresting link to the Staline's Seven Sisters.
    https://www.moscovery.com/stalins-seven-sisters/

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      #17
      Moskow by night.

      University.


      Moscova river.


      Famous big store GOUM.


      On the Red Square.


      Saint Basile.


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        #18
        Very nice illuminations!!
        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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          #19
          I have never been inside the borders of Russia.
          Therefore it's rather nice to see such a trip report, from a private traveler, showing it all in a different way than let's say a tv company or travelers guide would. More details.
          Reminds me of a tv series we had here in Norway, where two profiled tv personalities in this country, Mr. Bache and Mr. Gokstad, became Team Bachstad, bought an old boat and sailed on rivers from St. Petersburg all the way to Istanbul.
          Thank you for posting
          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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          • yvneac
            yvneac commented
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            Thank you for your comment Sterkoder.
            Unfortunately, I didn't spend enough time in Russia to have another view than a basic tourist one. This country makes you want to know more about it.

          • Sterkoder
            Sterkoder commented
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            I (we, in the "western world") know a lot about USA, down to details in small cities.
            Not so about Russia (at least in my case).
            Therefore I have been "traveling" in Russia via Google Earth and Google street view a few times in resent years.
            Kind of strange to watch small places in Siberia and regions of Russia even journalists don't visit.
            Anyway, thanks again, you surely had a great time :-)

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          MOSCOW METRO






          The metro of Moscow is one of the largest in the world with 390 kilometers and almost 7 millions of passengers per day. Its construction began under Stalin dictatorship in 1935 and was called « the palace of the people ».

          It is very useful even for the tourists since the cyrillic characters are now translated with latin ones and the vocal annoncements translated in English (not in all stations though,)

          For those who know the metro of Paris, moskow one can appear as a kind of ecologic paradise, clean, without bad smellings and overall, without parisians.

          But the main attraction are its decorations chiefly in the stations in the city center. Marble walls, fountains, statues, golden leaves, each place tell a story of the russian day life (in a realistic socialist way, of course) .

          Anyway, if you go to Moscow the metro is obviously a place you must visit .



























































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              #22
              Some more of metro.And end of this report.













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                #23
                That is a good end of this interesting report. For my self i think i would have to save one day extra during a Moskow visit for the Metro. I just had to smile about your comparison with Paris. In Paris my experience is, that it is also the place, where you have to pay most attention for your luggage and pockets. Makes it a little difficult to relax there (as well as in the tramway of Prague...).
                Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                  #24
                  Yves, would you mind if I added a little story of mine to your great report? I've just been through it all again, and your photo of the GUM store in Moscow reminded me of something.
                  Ivy

                  "To thine own self be true.......
                  Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                  • yvneac
                    yvneac commented
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                    Hello Ivy. Of course you can add anything you want. I'm taker of your adventures in the GUM.

                  #25
                  Thank you very much, Yves.
                  Yet do you know, your thread, weaving its beautiful way by water from St. Petersburg to Moscow, has brought back so many memories of my own holiday in 1984 that now I have decided to write more about it in a separate thread. There will be no photos because for a few years about that time I had dispensed with carrying a camera about with me while on holiday. Silly idea really, because now I have nothing to show apart from a few bought slides.
                  However, I have several little human stories to relate which no photo could illustrate.
                  So I'll take the plunge and tell them for those who may be interested in an unillustrated Tale of Three Cities. See you there!
                  Ivy

                  "To thine own self be true.......
                  Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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