One of the best decisions we made was to book a train between Saint Petersburg and Moscow. The SAPSAN Express cost $100 per person, was very comfortable, and it took only three and a half hours.
As we moved along, I took a screenshot of my phone's GPS tracker and thought how I never expected to make it to this part of the world.
Once we got to Moscow, outside the train station we had to decide on a taxi or metro. I asked two taxi drivers and they said it would be $30. I told them that it is only three metro stations away and the metro costs less than $2 for two people. They would not budge. I was expecting them to come down a bit and would have gladly paid $20. But since they didn't come down at all and I didn't want to give in, we walked down the steps to the metro station. As we entered the station, the attendant told us that since we have our World Cup Fan IDs on us and there was a WC game that day, the metro was free!
Moscow's metro stations have very impressive interior designs. Here are some photos:
We had a fun time exploring the city. It was full of tourists and things to see. The weather was also great. Here are some photos:
|Saint Basil's Cathedral|
|GUM Department Store (right)|
|Patriotic War of 1812 Museum (left) and the State Historical Museum (center)|
|Moskva River Cruise|
|Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Apartments|
|Russian State Library|
|Monument to Saint Vladimir|
|Cathedral of Christ the Savior|
|New Arbat Street|