PANAM-SUR 2012
Moscow- Part 1
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Heavy rains on the way to Moscow

Heavy rains on the way to Moscow
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Shopping centers on the outskirts

Shopping centers on the outskirts
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Our GPS is guiding us through all the different rings to Moscows only campground

Our GPS is guiding us through all the different rings to Moscows only campground
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12 or more million people

12 or more million people
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Traffic is insane

Traffic is insane
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Finally made it to Sokolniki Park where the only other guest were Isaak & Liesbeth from the Netherlands

Finally made it to Sokolniki Park where the only other guest were Isaak & Liesbeth from the Netherlands
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Next morning we took the metro to the city center

Next morning we took the metro to the city center
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Our first stop: The Bolshoi Theater where Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake premiered

Our first stop: The Bolshoi Theater where Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake premiered
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Lubyanka Street where the former feared prison used to be...

Lubyanka Street where the former feared prison used to be...
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...now headquarter of the KGB's successor, the FSB (Federal Security Service)

...now headquarter of the KGB's successor, the FSB (Federal Security Service)
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Peaking through the backdoor

Peaking through the backdoor
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Shopping centers for the New Rich

Shopping centers for the New Rich
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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No respect...

No respect...
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Entrance to the Red Square through the Resurrection gate...

Entrance to the Red Square through the Resurrection gate...
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The State History Museum

The State History Museum
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Kazan Cathedral (replica from 1993)

Kazan Cathedral (replica from 1993)
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State Department Store GUM, Moscows largest shopping center

State Department Store GUM, Moscows largest shopping center
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The Krasnay Ploshchad

The Krasnay Ploshchad
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St. Basils Cathedral

St. Basils Cathedral
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Commissioned by Ivan the Terrible

Commissioned by Ivan the Terrible
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View from the Catedral

View from the Catedral
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The Kremlin on the Moskva river

The Kremlin on the Moskva river
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The presidential palace

The presidential palace
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Back at GUM - Gosudarstvenny Universalny Magazin

Back at GUM - Gosudarstvenny Universalny Magazin
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Which went through a remarkable tranformation since Heikos visit in 1984

Which went through a remarkable tranformation since Heikos visit in 1984
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No more empty shelves and long queues

No more empty shelves and long queues
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Instead it has now more than 1000 shops

Instead it has now more than 1000 shops
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The Lenin mausoleum where Vladimir Lenins embalmed body is on public display since 1924

The Lenin mausoleum where Vladimir Lenins embalmed body is on public display since 1924
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No photos allowed inside

No photos allowed inside
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Done with their shift of guarding the Unknown Soldier

Done with their shift of guarding the Unknown Soldier
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Major Shukow

Major Shukow
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Back "home" in the Saloniki Park

Back "home" in the Saloniki Park
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Next morning we are taking the metro again

Next morning we are taking the metro again
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First stop at Vorobyovy Gory- a station with a great view

First stop at Vorobyovy Gory- a station with a great view
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Trails in the Nature Preserve of the same name lead up to the best view over Moscow

Trails in the Nature Preserve of the same name lead up to the best view over Moscow
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A real nature walk

A real nature walk
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Lots of souvenir stands on top of the hill...

Lots of souvenir stands on top of the hill...
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...and behind them a great view over Moscow

...and behind them a great view over Moscow
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One of Moscow 7 identical State University buildings

One of Moscow 7 identical State University buildings
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Back on the metro

Back on the metro
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Next stop: Sputnik

Next stop: Sputnik
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and the Sulpture Park

and the Sulpture Park
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Monuments and sculptures fallen from grace found a new home here

Monuments and sculptures fallen from grace found a new home here
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Just outside the park isthe statue of Peter the Great...

Just outside the park isthe statue of Peter the Great...
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...94.5m tall...

...94.5m tall...
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...twice the size of the Statue of Liberty (without her pedestal)

...twice the size of the Statue of Liberty (without her pedestal)
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Cathedral of Christ the Savior- the tallest orthodox church in the world

Cathedral of Christ the Savior- the tallest orthodox church in the world
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Peter the Great in front of the Red October chocolate factory

Peter the Great in front of the Red October chocolate factory
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Mobil bike repair on the way home

Mobil bike repair on the way home