out from St. Basil's Cathedral towards the GUM departent store
in Red Square. 4:30 PM. Photo: JH.
beautiful sunny day with frequent clouding over that
was really getting to JH with his Digital. Late
delivering yesterday’s Diary with so much ground to cover
and late getting out of the hotel. About two we took a taxi over
to the Manege where the Moscow World Fine Art Fair is going on
to catch the few booths we’d missed on our previous visits.
mid-afternoon it was fairly quiet although at these events
mean a thing. A dealer needs only to make a sale or two for
his or her stay to be profitable. We ran into Benjamin
Steinitz and made a date for dinner at the new Turandot, but
more about that sensation tomorrow.
Frankly the jet lag caught up with me yesterday afternoon and
all I could think about was getting back to the room stretching
and having a good snooze. This was not quite realistic under
We left the Art Fair, spent several minutes
a cab in vain and decided to walk back to the hotel. We didn’t
quite know what we were doing except that, using the Kremlin
as a milestone, we found our way to Red Square which is just
a half mile from our hotel.
once in Red Square, we could not resist a few more looks at
Lenin’s tomb and St. Basil’s cathedral which we
discovered was open to the public. A fascinating rabbit warren
of rooms going back to the 14th and 15th century. Walking inside
one could quickly get a sense of what the atmosphere might
have been like 500 years ago. And, once inside, for a minute
there, it was hard figuring out how to exit.
Exhausted, we still couldn’t resist having a few more looksees. And then
last night we were invited to join Paris antiquaire Benjamin Steinitz for dinner
at Turandot. Now that’s a story but best saved for tomorrow when I’ve
made up with a little shut-eye. In the meantime we’ll be back tomorrow
with the Moscow final.
to r.: The lobby of the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski;
Looking out at The Grand Kremlin Palace in the
Kremlin while crossing the Moscow River. We noticed
the Soviet era
iron railings that line the bridge.
Manege, the site of the Moscow World Fine Art Fair.
from top left: A statue of WWII hero Marshall
Zhukov in front of the Historical Museum just outside
Red Square; The park outside the Kremlin walls; DPC
and JH standing in front of Lenin's tomb; A bust
of Josef Stalin behind Lenin's tomb; A captive hawk
on the streets of Moscow.
statue of Minin and Pozharsky (who rallied Russia's volunteer
army during the Time of Troubles and drove out
the invading Polish forces) in front of the
domes and spires of St. Basil's Cathedral. The cathedral
was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible and built on the
edge of Red Square between
has it that on completion of the church the Tsar ordered
the architect, Postnik Yakovlev, blinded to prevent
him from ever creating anything to rival its beauty again.
He did go on to build another cathedral in Vladimir
despite his ocular impediment.
hour traffic along the Moscow River outside the Kremlin