So, I start my final day in Moscow with the intention of going inside St Basil’s Cathedral.
Plans sometimes don’t work out as intended, but sometimes, this leads to better things…
Yet again the Russian guards were out in force, blocking off entrances to metro stations, the paths in the gardens by the Kremlin, and the main road with four lanes was empty, another blockade. Do they do this for fun?!
Anyway, I’d kind of had enough playing cat and mouse with guards and subway tunnels, and the thousands of people all trying, but failing, to get somewhere….anywhere!
I couldn’t do it anymore, so I grabbed my little guidebook map out, and looked for the biggest bit of greenery on the map I could find – I needed to escape this frenzy of people and find somewhere to chill.
Boy did I strike gold….
The large area of green I found on the map was called Gorky Park. So I got the metro (as I now considered myself pretty darn good at catching those trains and arriving in desired station!) and took a walk over the bridge into the park. The park was huge, and it was such a lovely hot, sunny day. I stumbled across a live native Indian group playing some really nice music, so I sat on a bench and whiled away about an hour, soaking up the sun and the relaxing sounds, and partaking in a spot of people watching, this was just what I needed.
After a while I was starting to feel a whole lot more chilled and rejuvenated, and I took a wander further into the park. I came across some skateboarders competing on the ramps, and sat awhile watching the crazy kids practise their free running skills on a purpose built practice area.
I came across a group of break dancers, battling it out amongst themselves
I carried on wandering to find beach volleyball, plenty of ice cream shacks, a boating lake, unusual places to sit, beautiful gardens and fountains…
Capoeira dancers and drummers
And an amazing brass band, who played a great version of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’
Just getting the lungs ready!
And then, the best find of the day, a gorgeous little outside restaurant that served my favourite tipple, Prosecco! I sat at a table with the early evening sunshine beaming down through the trees, and as I sipped on the Prosecco (yes I can be civilised) and tucked into a Thai green curry, I thought what a perfect day it had been. All in all I spent 8 hours here, watching, chilling, eating, and most of all escaping, getting away from the frenzied tourists and grunting guards. Thank you, Gorky Park!