Travel Memories: Red Square

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing some of my travel memories to known and unknown places in the hope to inspire your travel dreams.

Red Square Moscow
St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square Moscow

R is for…Red Square (Moscow, Russia)

It finally came to pass, my 75 year old grandmother (whom I was named after) and I were embarking on our first trip together. She is the only other travel obsessed person in our family, so it was extraordinary to be able to finally travel together. And believe me, it was not easy for the two of us to come up with a destination that neither of us had visited before! But we found it in Russia.

Red Square, Moscow
Carolyn & Karilyn, Red Square Moscow

The Red Square in Moscow is the starting point for most people’s explorations of this vibrant city. And why not? It houses the Kremlin, the Presidential residences, the beautiful and iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the famous GUM department store.  The Red Square in Moscow is what people visualize when you say Russia. 

view over red square
View over Red Square from St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Standing outside the gates of the Red Square waiting to enter, all I can do is soak up the vibe. Moscow has an edge to it. It is everything I expected and nothing like I expected. Women with 3 inch heals precariously teetering on the cobblestone streets provides endless entertainment as our guide drones on about the history of the Red Square.

Red Square
Kremlin & Red Square from outside the walls, Moscow

 And finally we are allowed to walk, to walk past the statues welcoming us and past the traditionally dressed sellers begging for business. Even though we have seen images of this on television hundreds of times, it is breathtaking as the massive square appears before us. I’m not sure what to look at first – the Kremlin, St Basils Cathedral in the distance or the masses of people soaking up history just like we are.

Red Square gates
Looking towards the gates to the Red Square, Moscow

Visiting the Red Square was like stepping into a history book for me. It’s one of those places that just seems unreal. Even though I didn’t listen to the guide, I can feel the history of this square bearing down on me.  My mind goes to images of this square filled with soldiers, wondering how many soldiers it would take to fill this area.

Red Square, GUM Department store
Soviet era cafeteria, Red Square, Moscow

Walking around the cobblestone square, we spend the day exploring the beautiful St Basil’s Cathedral and areas of the Kremlin, eat at a traditional soviet era cafeteria style lunch inside the GUM department store and just soak up the amazingness of this historic center.

It’s one of those places that you just don’t want to leave. You want to see it in every light. We were lucky to be able to see it several times in during our visit to Moscow, but never able to get our fill.

Other posts in the A to Z Challenge:

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Belchite, Spain
Czesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Devi Garh Hotel, Udaipur India
Emeishan, China
Flores, Guatemala
Gimmelwald, Switzerland
Highway 1, California
Istanbul, Turkey
Jaisalmer, India
Kashmir, India
Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
Machu Picchu, Peru
Niraamaya Retreats, Thekkady Kerala India
Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima Japan
Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
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2 thoughts on “Travel Memories: Red Square”

  1. Russia came so close to winning Eurovision this year it makes me wonder if they’d try to host part of the venue in Red Square. Awesome shots, by the way!

    • That would be an awesome place to host it! But they would have to be bundled up probably even at this time of year!


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