The Ladybug’s Vintage Vacation: From Russia with Love – Day #4, Moscow

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Moving from Saint Petersburg to Moscow was a real change… I felt as if I went from a quaint Nordic town to… the big city! I’m telling you, Moscow is just… Moscow!

It’s not easy to describe the feeling and the atmosphere.  You’d think that I, an avid reader, could put it into words- especially considering I’ve had it in my wish list for about ten years! But I’m nearly at a complete loss.

I had the incredible opportunity to spend my time at the Metropol, the oldest hotel in town, and just few meters from the Red Square and the Bolschoi Theatre. When I headed from the subway station and saw the red stars of the Kremlin and the Saint Basil’s Cathedral at night, I just wanted to cry in awe and emotion.

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The day after, I woke up very early to enjoy as much as I could of the whole area and to take some pictures of the beauties all around that square. I also headed to one of my favorite poets’, Vladimir Majakowskij’s, house. I was a bit disappointed because, apparently, it was closed some time ago (not sure why it’s not a museum anymore, but it’s due to the usual problem to understand Russian!).

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Every time that I felt too cold I stepped inside the GUM Center, the ultimate luxury mall in the middle of the Red Square to taste some Russian tea and fruit cakes or to admire the luxury shops. There was also this very interesting expo that was taking place along the entire corridor of the mall with vintage dresses from the late XIX century (mostly Russian I guess) through the ’90s.

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I also got, as a souvenir, a soviet cap with pins already done while I’m waiting to create my own with the pins collected in Poland last year!

As I was quite tired from the intense day, I decided to get myself a proper Russian treat at the oldest Spa in Moscow, the Sanduny. Let me tell you that this was another crazy experience there: I will just say that after almost two hours of the warmest steamy room and the coldest showers, the delicious tea and the vigorous birch branches massage, I came out of that place completely renewed (even if a bit shocked!). Believe me, I had a couple incredible experience during these days!

PS: For the freezing day I wore my usual grey Woolrich parka, Zara black wool leggings and UGG boots, paired with vintage gloves, a Russian vintage real fur hat and a checkered scarf from MUJI. Bag by Max & Co.

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