|The Kremlin in Izmailovo, next to our hotel.|
We headed back into the centre of town to see Lenin’s memorial (which has his frozen body), as it had been closed on the other days of our visit.
|The Kremlin looked like something from Narnia.|
Unfortunately, Lenin’s memorial was still closed on New Year’s Day (contrary to online reports).
But it was worth coming in to see the white blanket over now familiar landmarks.
|I think I’m a wee bit obsessed with St Basil’s Cathedral.|
|The Christ Savior Orthodox Cathedral was glorious across the road as we waited to enter the Pushkin.|
It had been dark for a long time by the time we left the gallery. We headed straight to Gorky Park; the Muscovite equivalent of a Winter Wonderland.
An enormous field of rather sad looking snowmen greeted us.
|Making up for the missed childhood photo op.|
Unfortunately, the incredible looking ice skating arena was closed for the day. We were disappointed, but not as much as the hordes of Russian families with ice skates. I can’t figure out why so many attractions in Moscow publicise old opening hours, or don’t put holiday season closures on their website. It does get a little frustrating!
|The ice we’d hoped to skate on…|
Ah well. Nothing like a mulled wine in a cute little pop-up café to make up for it.
Our train left Moscow just before midnight, bound for St Petersburg. I love sleeping on trains, knowing I’ll be hurtling across the countryside while I sleep.