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« Reply #30 on: October 25, 2009, 05:07:39 AM »
A page or so back Chivo made the suggestion that we post some of the words used when ordering from a Russian McDonalds. That is a good idea and to follow up, it has been started here: http://ruadventures.com/forum/index.php/topic,2257.new.html#new

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« Reply #31 on: October 25, 2009, 11:12:03 PM »
Since we're so close, let's visit the Музей изобразительных искусств им. А.С. Пушкина (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts).


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The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1912. While it has gone by other names, its current name exists in honor of Alexander Pushkin, the father of Russian literature and historical Russian icon. The museum stands in the historic street Volchonka, in the center of Moscow, within a 5-minute walk of the Kremlin and Red Square.

Served by Kropotkinskaya Metro.

English website: http://www.museum.ru/gmii/defengl.htm


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Many globally appreciated collection of paintings and sculpture works are preserved in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Today, the museum occupies second place in size, after the Hermitage, in Saint Petersburg, and it is, therefore, one of the largest museums of foreign and national art in Russia.


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Technically the museum complex consists of 6 building, 4 at this location. To visit all four at once you can buy a Guest Pass. Normally the museum complex is open until 7 p.m. daily; Opening hours: Daily 10 a.m. — 7 p.m. (entrance till 6 p.m.)
Closed — Mondays.

However now (autumn 2009) the museum is closed for renovations and is open only on a limited basis on Thursdays. However new exhibits will open on December 18 according to the museum website.   

It's possible to visit each of the four buildings individually or to purchase a guest pass for all four buildings.

1 person is 130 Euro, 2 persons is 70 Euro and 3-4 people just 50 Euro each.

Museum telephone: +7952037998



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Famous for its impressive collections of impressionist and post-impressionistic paintings, the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum also houses works by some of the old masters such as Rubens, Rembrandt and Botticelli, and excellent exhibitions of Eygptian and Hellenistic art. Classicists amongst you can come over all moist in Room 7, where the legendary 'Treasures of Troy' are on display. These ancient artefacts were excavated by the German, Schliemann, in the 19th Century, smuggled out of modern day Turkey to Berlin, and subsequently appropriated by the Russians in 1945.

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« Reply #32 on: October 28, 2009, 05:56:15 PM »
We've added more menu items to the thread about how to read and order at a Russian McDonalds. The latest menu item are the "big tasty" and the цезарь ролл.

http://ruadventures.com/forum/index.php/topic,2257.msg128634.html#msg128634


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« Reply #33 on: October 28, 2009, 07:00:06 PM »
Since we're standing here in the locale of both Pushkin Museum and Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, now is a good time to point out that much of Moscow is defined by the numerous 'Ring Roads' that circle the city at various distances from the centre, roughly following the outline of the walls that used to surround Moscow.

Red Square and the Kremlin forms the very centre and the innermost ring road is the (Boulevard Ring) Бульва́рное кольцо built in the 1820s where the 16th centuries walls used to be. The Boulevard Ring runs from the Christ the Savior Cathedral in south-west central Moscow, to the mouth of the Yauza in south-east central Moscow.

There are other ring roads (similar to "loops") which we'll discuss later. Don't let the names confuse you as the names of the rings don't stay consistent. In other words, a Ring Boulevard may have a name but the name of the boulevard will change as it progresses thru Moscow. Same ring, different name. The confusion comes from having more than one ring when the sections of each ring are changing names based on geography.

Also don't confuse the Ring Roads to what is commonly called Moscow's Golden Ring. Yes, you'll take a Ring Road to get to the Golden Ring  :) but the term Golden Ring refers to a number of ancient towns surrounding Moscow.

It is called the Golden Ring because of historic and architectural wonders that are preserved in these towns. Some of these towns, like Yaroslavl, were centers of powerful principalities, subjugated by Moscow on its rise as the center of Russian lands. Others, like Uglich, have never been large or powerful, but they still have played an important role in the Russian history. The Golden Ring of Russia offers a glimpse at Russia as it was 800 years ago. It is on the Golden Ring that you will find the oldest churches of European Russia and some of its most famous monasteries.

For now, we'll stay here in Moscow.


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Above: A nice view along Gogolevsky Blvd, part of one of the ring roads.


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« Reply #34 on: October 28, 2009, 08:52:03 PM »
As we prepare to do some walking there is something you should keep in mind: Moscow is a giant city, Europe’s largest in fact, and its traffic jams are just as big. In Moscow, it seems that all of the world’s black expensive cars are here. It also seems that Russians do not understand the difference between sidewalks and parking lots.

You've been warned.   :chuckle:


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Re: Touring Moscow, part 2: Arbat to Red Square
« Reply #35 on: July 31, 2010, 11:29:25 PM »
As of May, the "Touring Moscow" series had grown to 25 pages with thousands of readers. So to make things more managable as a travel and touring resource to RUA readers we've split the topic into more "bite size" segments:

Touring Moscow, part 1: Metro & Transportation
http://ruadventures.com/forum/index.php?topic=9049.0


Touring Moscow, part 2: Arbat to Red Square
http://ruadventures.com/forum/index.php?topic=12015.0


Touring Moscow, part 3: Red Square & Kremlin
http://ruadventures.com/forum/index.php?topic=12016.0



Touring Moscow, part 4 is in development stages and coming soon. It will focus on leaving Red Square and touring more of some of the central parts of this magnificant city.