Just in time for Throwback Thursday! These photos are proof that the streets of Moscow can outshine 10 Paris' and Londons. As much as I like the latter cities, almost 900 years of history, and the grandiosity of every street and every building outweigh the classiness of Paris and the vibrancy of London. If there is one word that describes this city perfectly, it's overwhelming - Overwhelmingly alluring, overwhelmingly vast, overwhelmingly intimidating, and of course, overwhelmingly loveable. I know, I sound like Drake preaching about Toronto, when he doesn't even live here anymore... But I promise Putin didn't pay me to write this. Although, I would've gladly accepted his charitable donations.
What you see here are pictures of a couple of my favourite streets - Old Arbat and Maroseika-Pokrovka. While Old Arbat is a popular spot for tourists, Maroseika-Pokrovka has been renovated recently, so mostly locals know about this gem of a place. If you're an admirer of classical architecture, this is where you need to be!
As for food, it's Chebureki or nothing! I had these delicious, deep-fried, meat-filled turnovers at least three or four times during my stay. Sovietskie Vremena (Soviet Times) is a an excellent Chebureki joint, especially for newbies. The soviet atmosphere enhances the experience. Another place I went to multiple times was a cafe called Shokoladnitsa, which used to be my favourite place to go as a teenager. Sweet, sweet God. The blintz, the eclairs, the shakes, the tea, the HOT CHOCOLATE - they all make up my wildest, sinful gastronomical dreams!
Hope you enjoyed! Still more photo diaries to come.