Much to our surprise, Matt got a few off days in the Spring, but, unlike in December, was not long enough to go as far as Switzerland, especially given the difficult travel from Krasnodar. Therefore, after much deliberation, we decided to spend a few days in Moscow for him to actually enjoy the city outside of basketball.
We stayed at the St. Regis in Nikolskaya, a central location near shops and restaurants and, most importantly, just a 10 minute walk to Red Square. The St. Regis, as in its other locations around the world, did not disappoint. This one definitely exuded luxury and comfort.
We started our first full day with breakfast at A Tavola, Moscow, situated right in the hotel. The breakfast was so delicious, catering to more Western palettes, providing eggs Benedict options, pancakes, waffles, bacon, etc…, which, after living in Krasnodar where these breakfasts were okay at best, was such a treat. This location at this time of year was full of business men and women from all over the world. At breakfast alone were several parties having meetings.
After breakfast we ventured out to see all of the sites, determined to make it a full day of touristing. We walked to Red Square, just a close proximity to the hotel.
Above depicts the street from the hotel to Red Square.
After having been in Moscow several times, this was only Matt’s first time in Red Square (Krasnaya Polschad)!
Below is the Statue of Minin and Pozharsky in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral. The soldiers symbolize two of the heroes who saved Russia from Polish invasion.
We then just continued to walk, following our tourist map, and made it to the Kremlin and Cathedral Square:
Above is a peek at the Christ the Savior Cathedral from a distance.
Unfortunately, it snowed soon after we arrived within the Kremlin walls. With just light jackets, we were quite unprepared! We pushed through, however, and saw everything on our list. We started our exploring at 10 am and arrived back in the hotel between 4-5PM.
Because of the rarity of off days (let alone a few in a row) during the season, I try to incorporate rest and relaxation with our sightseeing. I think it’s imperative that, if we do have time to travel for a few days (on top of the other travel they already do for basketball), that he gets the chance to rest and relax. So…the rest of the vacation was spent relaxing and seeing friends…and doing what we love to do the most – EATING!