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All set & ready for the trip to Moscow

Yesterday I got my travel visa to Russia. So I can say that I’m all set & ready to go to Moscow. Well, I’ll go in a week but right now I already know what my plans will be there. It’s not that I’ve been planning this visit a lot. I’ve been in Moscow before &  I know what I’d like to do.

St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

View of the St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square

This time my trip to Russian capital is more like business trip, therefore there will be 3 evenings & 1 day for visiting the places I’d like to see. Because of tight schedule there are things I know for sure that I’ll do & when.

1. For fastest & most convenient way from Sheremetyevo Airport to the central part of Moscow is by AeroExpress. This direct train service is very good & comfortable way to the Belorussky Train Station. From there I can take a Metro to the place I need. I expect total travel time around one hour. For the city in size of Moscow, this is fast. And price for this convenient trip is reasonable – 320 RUB for the train & 28 RUB for the Metro.

2. What comes to the Metro, this is one of the best ways to get around in city. Inside the Circle line is the central part of Moscow with many sightseeing places & attractions. If you stay in Moscow for at least few days, I suggest everyone to get a card of 10 rides for 250 RUB. That will make entrance to the metro smooth & more convenient.

I like using Metro in  Moscow. It provides fast & easy access to many sightseeing  places. Many Metro stations are deep underground therefore for many people it might be as a small adventure as well. It kind of gives the feeling of the place. Besides – all the Metro stations inside the Circle line are like a piece of art. Get a map of Metro & explore underground Moscow.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Take a walk in area around Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

3.On Thursday evening I’ll visit Cathedral of Christ the Saviour – one of the places I like to visit every time I’m in Moscow. Cathedral itself and area around is very nice & impressive ( after the visit to the Cathedral I would suggest to take a short Moscow River sightseeing cruise nearby to see Kremlin). In the nearby area there are few Museums to visit as well. Why Thursdays are good for museums? Because in many museums there is a late night entrance – you can see exhibitons till 8 or even 9pm. Works good if I’m busy during the day.

Last time I was in Moscow I found out about this by chance. I went to Pushkin Fine Art Museum and besides great exhibition of Japanese Art there was a musical performance at that evening as well.  So now I’m suggesting to everyone – use the opportunity of thurdays. What comes to Russian museums – they are great & worth to visit. State Tretyakov Gallery is national treasury for  Russian fine art but Pushkin Fine Art Museum has one of the most representative collection of foreign art.

4. Last day of my visit I’ll have free for myself. That means… actually I havent decided yet 🙂 There are many places to see or many things to do. I’ll be staying near VDNH – large exhibition center and park. Might be there will be something interesting or check out Kva-Kva Aquapark – one of the largest water parks in Russia. Great fun for children but adults can check out list of special night events. Ok, maybe no the Aquapark  this time because my hotel will have a large swimming pool with some slides & SPA center…

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Sightseeing of New York

If you want to discover the best of city attractions, sightseeing passes are something you should be interested. With so many unique attractions, world-famous museums, theaters there is always plenty to do in any big city.

During my resent trip to New York I decided to explore the place like tourists would do. I’ve been in NY before but never did sightseeing itself. My idea was to spend 2-3 days with sightseeing and visiting museums. To make it easier to go from place to place I was wondering about hop-on hop-off double-decker sightseeing bus.

To make it short, I was glad to found this offer – The New York Pass for attractions and CitySightsNY for hop-on hop-off bus. In the website of New York Pass there was a combine offer of 2-day Adult pass and 2-day CitySightsNY Hop-on Hop-off – sightseeing package for $136 (there are discounts for online purchase).

At first day I did Downtown and Brooklyn tours to see Manhattan and area (and added some shopping there) with double decker bus. My suggestions from practical point – go to Battery Park, explore area of Financial district, take Brooklyn Tour (1 1/2 hours), wonder around the area, go shopping (Century21 is nice place for it), catch sightseeing bus back to Midtown. Downtown tour itself takes approx. 2-21/2 hours, depending on traffic. On Sundays with less traffic you can get to Financial District  and back much faster.

The next day I started with Uptown Tour and activated my New York Pass. Cathedral of St.John the Devine, Guggenheim Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art are on the route of sightseeing bus. If you intend to visit Metropolitan Museum of Art plan for 2-3hours at least – there are so many exhibitions to see. And don’t forget to go on the roof of Museum – nice views from there.

Third day of sightseeing was for attractions in Midtown area of Manhattan and Circle Line Cruise. My picks for beginning were Rockefeller Center for Top of the Rock Observation Deck and NBC Studio Tour. If you are interested in arts, can add a visit to MoMA (same area). From Rockefeller Center I went to Madame Tussauds (can explore are of Time Square on the way as well). To have some rest from walking Circle Line sightseeing Cruise for 75min is nice. Enjoy views of Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. After all this activity during the day didn’t feel like to do more walking – so I went to Observation Deck of Empire State Building

It’s not just good price for visiting NY attractions but great value of it. Because they are separate tickets, I could activate them in different times (first usage). The New York Pass is valid for calendar day, but hop-on hop-off bus is for 48hours. As result I had 3 days of great New York City sightseeing.

P.S. If you wonder wich one to take – Top of the Rock or Empire State Building Observation Deck, my choice is  Top of the Rock. It was more dynamic. In Empire State Building it takes time to get to the ticket counter, then long way to the elevators. though Observation Deck of Empire State Bldg is higher up – the view of Manhattan are better.