In Moscow for a couple of days on route to the Baikal Sea via the TranSiberian Railway. On arrival on 30th June there was a huge rainstorm. The photo below was taken just after the rain.
Moscow is three hours ahead of BST but I was up by 7 (5am in the UK) to find a fine sunny day. In the morning I walked around the complex shown in the above photo which is a pastiche of Moscovian architecture housing a wide range of uses and facilities. There is a chapel cum registry office handling a conveyor belt of wedding parties. There are various entertainments and the largest brick a brac market I have ever seen specialising, it seems, in religious artifacts both genuine and obviously fake. Here’s a gallery with a few snaps.
In the afternoon I took the Metro into the city centre which is much more beautiful and well presented than I had imagined. Here’s a few shots at and around the Kremlin. The first is the west wall of the Kremlin. The second is the ornamented domed, Sabor Vasiliya Blazhennogo (St Basil Cathedral). The third is the Kremlin from across the Moskva River.
The gallery below has some more images of the central area around the Kremlin. The rain came back in the afternoon. I couldn’t resist the last snap of a group sheltering in a doorway above some steps.