10 October 2012

Moscow Sky -1

Hellooo people. Like I said, I'm back with Moscow photos. In this episode, we'll be seeing some St. Basil details and mostly the Moscow Metro.

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It's all fun and games until you realize that Moscow Metro has no Latin alphabet explanations unlike St. Petersburg Metro; but believe it or not, you somehow get used to the letters, and in a day or so, you can read the names or at least make rough guesses which are almost always true. Or if you are ridiculous like me, you can also pretend like you are breaking an ancient code and make people you travel with roll their eyes at you. Don't worry, they are only jealous because our way is more fun.

Anyways, the silliness aside, Moscow metro is one of the most wonderful things you can see in this mortal world. The tube map is an almost true copy of the city map - which was kind of the idea when they first officially decided to build it in 1931. The Soviet government was cool and they thought everybody should be able to go to nice places without suffering on the roads, and they designed the tube lines so that they would cover the underground through all the main streets and people would be able to find their ways without getting lost. (And, Soviet workers did the labor and the art work, but the main engineering designs, routes, and construction plans were handled by specialists recruited from the London Underground. The Britons called for tunneling instead of the "cut-and-cover" technique, the use of escalators instead of lifts, the routes, and the design of the rolling stock.)

This being said, you might actually get a depth intoxicaton; the metro is that deep. I thought some stations of London underground were deep but it feels like a little cavity after visiting the Moscow metro. It was absolutely glorious. But besides the wonderful design and system, there is one more thing that is amazing enough to make me walk around the stations with an open mouth and wide eyes, probably looking like an idiot.

Oh, the art. People, the art.

I feel ashamed for any other underground system out there (except London Ungerground, because of reasons). The architecture, the wall arts, the mosaics, the paintings, the lights, the sculptures... I could go on and on. It was spectacular. Do yourselves a favor and go to Moscow for a weekend just to see the metro and a ballet at Bolshoi.

Do it.

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*My lovely station*
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And let's finish with the most wonderful thing about Moscow - the sky. I can't explain it through the photos and I won't try to make poetic praises because it doesn't need that. I don't know what but something was different with Russian sky and in Moscow, it was even clearer than it was in St. Petersburg. I don't know what made it so amazing and deep and boundless - but I'll share if I find it.

Here's the view from our room:

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Sincerely,

The lady who wishes the weather was as cold as St Petersburg in December.

8 comments:

  1. Wow, wow, wow. This place is amazing, I would love to visit. And you have captured it so well.

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  2. It's just unbelievable architecture in subway stations. Unfortunately this is just a dream for Turkey :(

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  3. Oh man. You're making me want to travel sooo badly. These are some gorgeous snapshots.

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  4. Are you kidding me!! I can not actually believe that this place exists. I am quite literally dribbling into my cup of tea. Ahhhhhh! Thank you so so much for sharing this, I know it's a phrase that's used in blog comments a lot but I really mean it! I can not wait to go to Moscow, more than ever now. It's just incredible.
    I hope you are okay! I'm sure that what is going on in your neck of the world must be so scary and worrying for you. I really hope things calm down soon. xxx

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    1. Thank you darling! It makes me so happy to see you enjoying my posts. And thank you for the good wishes as well, I hope things get better soon too. xxx

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  5. Gorgeous!! I love these photos!! That's the fanciest train station I've ever seen. Hope you're doing well! x

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  6. I see you've been to Arbat, or its metro station at least. So... how'd you like it there? I'm asking this because i used to compare it(The Old Arbat) with Istiklal St. in Istanbul and i want to know what do you think about that.
    Anyways, glad to see you've been all those lovely places. Hope to see more of your beautiful pictures...

    Stay well : )

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    1. Yes, I have been to Arbat! It was a lovely street and the station was so beautiful. It was so calm the time I got there so compared to Istiklal St, it's a much smaller street. Istiklal is slightly chaotic (and some parts are a little tacky). But the antique shops and book stands in Arbat were absolutely beautiful, I would definitely spend millions of rubles there if I could. They had the best collections of old books and china sets.

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