Sunday, July 26, 2009
"M" is for Moscow
Ahhh...Moscow. On our second trip to Russia (the one to bring Baby Deetz home) we will travel from Pskov to Moscow before we are allowed to return home. We know we must stay at least 4 business days there to process paperwork (visas, passports). Some fun facts for you:
1- Moscow is ranked #3 as the World's most expensive cities to live in. Expect to pay $1,500 USD for a two room apartment. Not 2 BEDrooms, just rooms. And we thought living in Florida was expensive!
2-10.5 million people call it home, however, the city only encompasses 417 square miles. Most people live in tiny flats and many have "dachas" or cottages outside the city.
3- It was founded in 1174.
4-Moscow has more billionaires than any other city- 74.
5- You can see St. Basil's (iconic onion dome church) Red Square (where you can see the embalmed Lenin), THE Kremlin, the GUM (mega-shopping center), the Arbat (an artsy city within the city buzzing with art, cafes, and street performers) Stalin's "Seven Sisters Skyscrapers, and the tallest freestanding tower in the World, "Ostankino" at 1,772 feet.