Liz Light takes a trip to magnificent Moscow and discovers the hotspots to see – and in which to be seen.
Moscow; city of beautiful women. I have never seen so many skinny, fashionably-dressed, perfectly-groomed young women in one place, ever.
They were wearing crazy high heels upon which they walked stylishly, lots of different coloured stockings and tights worn with shorts and very-mini skirts, and boots, boots, boots. Especially funky were the boots that stretched up above the knee.
These gorgeous women chose more colour than we are used to seeing. There was plenty of red (not the politically correct colour in Russia, these days), and red-heads who almost always wore red.
Arbat, a pedestrian only street a couple of kilometres long, is a place to see and be seen. There are lots of cafes and trendy shops though I was so busy watching the catwalk-strutters pass by that I didn’t really notice the shops. Lots of buskers; some good (the guy singing opera) and some really bad (the girl singing an English song but clearly not understanding the words), and the rappers could learn a thing or two in Harlem.
The park and promenade in front in the city side of the Kremlin is also a great place to people-watch and for street photography. And Red Square at night where post-hen-party gals go to hang out and take photos of each other in front of beautifully illuminated St Basil’s Cathedral and fairy-light-lit GUM.
GUM, the vast, elegant 150-year-old shopping mall, empty in communist times and now full of luxury shops, big brand names and cafes, is also a place to watch the rich, cool, or is that hot, set.
And, yes, I did buy a pair of boots but not in GUM.