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Red Square -  beautiful as ever. We decided to hold off until tomorrow to visit Kremlin. My nephew arrived later in the day, so that will be our first stop in the morning.

Red Square

Cold but happy.

Daniel says: “Chinadoll, only for you....I froze waiting for the mass to be over”

We did visit St. Basil's Cathedral , I promised Chinadoll to light a candle for her, we waited for the Sunday Mass to be over and here I am keeping my promise.

I lit an extra candle for everyone on Fab40, wishing that 2009 will be the best year ever.

We walked around and visited GUM  built in the late eighteen hundred's. It's GUM boasts an elegant turn-of-the-century interior, comprised of three parallel arcades centered on a fountain and overlooked by galleries. It occupies almost the entire eastern side of  Red Square.

Ice cream is not what I should be having, but heck...I’m on vacation

Inside GUM

The stores are beautiful, but the one that stood out most took my breath away; Gastranome 1- Food Delicatessen.  Keep in mind when I left the Soviet Union the only produce available on the shelves that I remember were stale cookies, bread, some canned fish from Stalin's times, and anorexic looking chicken. Imagine my surprise when I saw shelves full of everything you can imagine and everything that you can only dream about.

Desserts....my favorite

Not long ago I'm pretty sure I read  that Moscow is now the most expensive city in the world, and I'm here to tell you that it's true.

Just look at the interior of this other food store, it resembles a museum.

Besides looking at the handsome men, check out the produce behind them.

Wow, prices are outrageous!  What I don't understand is how people can afford such a life style. It's hard to make a buck; young people are hustling but senior citizens are barely making it. It was very sad for me to see. I couldn't help but think that the old lady on the street that asked for help to buy her medication could have been my grandma. Blame it on hormones or my sentimental self,  but I cried several times through the day.

It was also an emotional day for my family. My husband reunited with friends he hasn’t seen in a long time.  My son turned 21 and met his buddy that he befriended in San Diego in high school, and for my nephew..well, he made it to Moscow all by himself, and was thrilled to be here. As always in Russia, it’s all about close friends, great food, and lots of vodka. We visited a beautiful restaurant and began our dinner at 10:30. At midnight we celebrated our son turning 21. He was bummed that he didn’t need a 21 year old id in Russia to drink. When he asked the waiter what the drinking age is, the waiter responded:“If you can walk, you can drink vodka“.

Reporting Live from Moscow estatic

It’s 4:30 a.m. and if I don’t get to bed now, I will not be able to go anywhere tomorrow.

Until then,
All the best,
Yana

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