Jan 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Hello Moscow!  I’m a Senior From the USA

Been to Europe?  Been to Australia?  Seniors, it’s time for Russia and a visit to Moscow. Moscow, Russian: Москва, is the capital and the largest city of Russia. It is also the largest metropolitan area in Europe, and ranks among the largest urban areas in the world. Moscow is a major political, economic, cultural, religious, financial, educational, and transportation center of Russia and the world, a global city. It is also the seventh largest city proper in the world, a megacity with a population of nearly 12,000,000. The city is named after the river, literally “the city by the Moskva River“.

The city is located on the Moscow River in the Central Federal District, in the European part of Russia. Moscow sits on the junction of three geological platforms. Historically, it was the capital of the former Soviet Union, Tsardom of Russia and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. It is the site of the Moscow Kremlin, one of the World Heritage Sites in the city, which serves as the residence of the President of Russia. The Russian parliament, the State Duma and the Federation Council and the Government of Russia also sit in Moscow.

Moscow is home to many scientific and educational institutions, as well as numerous sport facilities. It possesses a complex transport system, that includes 3 international airports and 9 railroad terminals. It is a gleaming, beautiful city waiting for seniors to discover.

Moscow is the northernmost megacity, the most populous city in Europe.  Moscow is a city of superlatives. It boasts the most billionaires, the most expensive cups of coffee and – coming soon – the most colossal building in the world. It is also the most expensive. Is it any wonder that a popular nightclub is called simply The Most?  Based on Forbes 2011, Moscow had 79 billionaires, displacing New York as the city with the greatest number of billionaires.

Seniors Discover a City of Beauty and Excitement

The city is served by an extensive transit network, which includes four international airports, nine railroad terminals, and one of the deepest underground tubes in the world, the Moscow Metro, second only to Tokyo in terms of ridership and recognized as one of the city’s landmarks due to the rich and varied architecture of its 185 stations.

Having played a central role in the development of the Russian state and its history, Moscow was the capital of the former Soviet Union and continues to pave the way as Muscovites move into the 21st century. An 860 year-old city, Moscow has many reminders of its imperial and Soviet past.

It is a sprawling city with numerous museums, Soviet-era monoliths and post-Soviet kitsch. Most of the main sites are on the northern bank of the Moskva River. The other major waterway is the Yauza River, which flows into the Moskva east of the Kremlin.

Much of Moscow’s geography is defined by the numerous ‘Ring Roads’ that circle the city at various distances from the centre, roughly following the outline of the walls that used to surround Moscow. With Red Square and the Kremlin forming the very center, the innermost ring road is the Boulevard Ring (Bulvarnoye Koltso), built in the 1820s where the 16th century walls used to be.

The ancient city has always been a haven for history buffs. The red-brick towers of the Kremlin occupy the founding site of Moscow; churches and monuments remember fallen heroes and victorious battles; and remains of the Soviet state are scattered all around the city. Seniors find that even history is being examined in innovative ways, as new museums broach subjects long brushed under the carpet. Lonely Planet invites seniors to take a tour of Moscow from $35. This is what you will want to see:

Bus Stops:

1. Bolshoy Theater  2. Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral  3. Tretiakov Gallery, Bolotnaya ploschad  4. Christ Cathedral the Savior  5. New Tretiakov Gallery  6. Gorky Park  7. Sparrow Hills, Moscow State University   8. Victory Park  9. Borodino Panorama, Triumphal arch  10 New Maiden Convent, New Maiden Cemetery  11. New Arbat Street, White House   12. New and Old Arbat Streets  and 13. Kremlin, Alexander Gardens, Manege, Okhotny Ryad Mall.

The small city in the center of Moscow, once the residence of Czars and Patriarchs, contains Russia’s main cathedrals, Assumption Cathedral, Archangel’s Cathedral and the Deposition of the Robe Cathedral. The Patriarch’s Palace is a museum of seventeenth-century life and applied art, displaying ecclesiastical regalia, period furniture, gold and silver ware from Russia and Western Europe. The palace dates back to 1640 and incorporates the Church of the Twelve Apostles, which was the private place of worship for the patriarchs. lists some of the main attractions with photos and a more in depth description. How about taking a river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg? Viking River Cruise Vacations can accommodate you and your friends. Wikipedia puts out a travel guide on Moscow with all the major things to see and do.  Do enjoy Москва.  jeb

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