Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Moscow
By Amie Ferris-Rotman
MOSCOW (Reuters Life!) - Glitzy and decadent, the non-stop Russian capital is famed for its exorbitant prices, extravagant nightlife and freezing winter temperatures.
But there is a lot more than glamour and excess: it has fabulous art, a slew of Soviet-era gems, exotic cuisine from the Caucasus and Central Asia, and simple pleasures rare in the West. Local correspondents help you get most out of a stay in this vast city of almost 11 million.
12 p.m. - Head straight to Red Square, where Soviet dictator Josef Stalin gave speeches and shivering Russians ring in the New Year. Check out the mammoth Soviet department store GUM, now filled with Cartier and Gucci, colorful St Basil's cathedral, and the red-bricked Kremlin.
Go see Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, in his granite mausoleum in a pool of red light. Round the back, find graves of Soviet leaders Stalin and Leonid Brezhnev, which often have fresh flowers. (Monday, Weds, Fri till 1:30 p.m.)
3 p.m. - Stroll past the cream, eight-columned 18th century Bolshoi theater and over to cobbled and dainty Stoleshnikov Pereulok, Moscow's answer to Bond Street.
6 p.m. - Have a delicious Georgian meal at Mama Nina, near the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the tallest Orthodox church in the world.
Or try Suliko (suliko.ru), a genuine Georgian chain dotted across the city that has staples from the Caucasus country such as khinkali, or succulent meat dumplings, rolled aubergines with nuts and pomegranate and khachapuri, made of flaky pastry and homemade cheese served straight from the oven. Continued...