Our first day in Moscow started with a good nap at the best hotel we stayed during the trip: the Moss Boutique Hotel. It is not an exaggeration people, even the corridor had a special decoration. The different coverings of burnt cement, the super comfortable bed, the care with Facilities, the service is great … You can’t complain, right?
As we needed to rest after many short trips and prepare the next programs, we took our first day off in Russia 😉
The next day, it was a wonderful sun in the city and it is clear that we took advantage of the good weather to walk a lot, kind of getting lost in the neighborhoods. The first stop was at Kita-Gordo, one of the most famous neighborhoods in the whole capital, which looks like a Wes Anderson movie set, seriously. All in pastel colors, more classic and very well maintained buildings. Really charming!
From there, we went to meet the Zaryadye Park, one of the best known parks in the city despite being opened in 2017. It is on the side of Red Square, is surrounded by churches and has many interesting areas. In addition to the amphitheater, pavilions and an incredible bridge, the park also has a part that artificially simulates each of the country’s typical climates: the steppe, the forest, the wetlands and the tundra.
The control of light, temperature and humidity is what allows these 4 areas to coexist in a relatively small space. Very interesting, right?
Our lunch could not have been in a restaurant that was nicer than the Voskhod. The place is inside the park itself and has a decoration inspired by a space base – even the waiters’ uniform is in that style! The decoration alone would be worth the visit, but I must say that the food and service are also impeccable. We really enjoyed the experience and it is clear that soon there will be a full post about the place here on the site 😉
Our walk through Red Square ended up being harmed because we were on the eve of Victory Day (May 9), one of the main Russian holidays, and the square was closed. Even without seeing the main attractions up close, it was amazing to be able to observe the wonderful architecture of St. Basil’s Cathedral and do Kremlin.
After so much walking, we met Edvanya, another Brazilian who lives in Russia. She, who has lived in Moscow for 11 years, told us a little about what it is like to live in the city and even took Paulo to a samba class in 9 Zalov, where she teaches a class of Russians only. You will need to watch the vlog to see how Paulo did, but you can already imagine, right? Haha 😉
As the day had a lot of dancing, we couldn’t have chosen a better place for the night: the Bolshoi. Attend a presentation of Ballet in the Bolshoi it’s one of those clichés that are worth it, you know? We were delighted with the show, especially with the third act which was impressive!
And to end this first day of very intense tours in Moscow, we went to the restaurant Odessa-Mama which was very close to our hotel. The place mixes Jewish, Russian and Georgian cuisine – which I really like! It has no firula, it has that seasoning in the right measure and many delicious vegetables! Vegetarians, take this tip, okay?
And to know even more about that day in Moscow, be sure to see the full vlog below. I’m sure you will love seeing Paulo samba, the beautiful scenery and lots of good food 😉