Sunday, October 2, 2016

Hire the best private Moscow guide with Moscow Private Tours

Hire the best private Moscow guide with Moscow Private Tours
Hire the best private Moscow guide via Moscow Private Tours.
Her name is Olga and she took me to a former monastery for tea.

This much delayed post from Moscow, living a #Travelife, is about how to hire the best private Moscow guide via Moscow Private Tours.

It's been such a wonderful holiday in this beautiful city, staying at the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow and taking long walks all over Moscow when I wasn't meeting up with friends, that I have not had time to post a glowing review of Olga, my private Moscow guide, until now.


Hire the best private guide in Moscow via Moscow Private Tours

Being Travelife and having quite a limited time, I wanted to see very specific things in Moscow rather than your typical cookie-cutter tour. 

I did not want to see the basics, but I wanted some specific wonderful experiences based on my readings and studies of Russian history and literature.

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK TOURS IN MOSCOW


Hire the best private guide in Moscow via Moscow Private Tours

So I booked Olga as my private Moscow guide for two days via Moscow Private Tours.

I booked a tailor-made off-the-beaten track tour of Moscow that focused on things that interested me or that I wanted to see. And then I booked her for a second private tour of the Kremlin.

THINGS TO SEE IN MOSCOW

Entrance to Red Square

By the way, if like me, you are not a cookie cutter tourist, there are still certain basic things you must see. And these include the amazing Red Square and the Kremlin

A sneak peek inside the church where Russian czars were crowned.
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Inside the Kremlin, you must see Cathedral Square with its set of beautiful Russian churches, which are among the most beautiful I have ever seen. A private Moscow guide will be able to answer all your questions without having to think of the other people in the group.

You can also spend as much time as you wish in a certain place -- and that's what I like best.

THE CROWNING OF THE CZARS
IN MOSCOW

Cathedral Square in the Kremlin in Moscow
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My favourite here is the church where Russian czars were once crowned, and I've spent hours looking at recreations of the crowning of Alexander II and Nicholas II in various museums around the world.

Cathedral Square in the Kremlin.
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So it was such a special treat to be in this very place, and how wonderful that Olga had brought her iPad with a painting of the crowning as czar of Nicholas II so we could see exactly where everything happened.

SEEING THE BOLSHOI THEATER
IN MOSCOW

The Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
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So Olga met me at the lobby of the Park Hyatt Moscow, and as it was a cold but dry day, we decided to walk around instead of take a car. 

We walked the short distance to see the Bolshoi Theater and to see how it looked during the Soviet era.

The Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
My companion and I took a box right next to the Imperial box
where the czars used to sit, for the opera The Damnation of Faust.
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Olga was well prepared with a bunch of very interesting old photographs and photographs of paintings that helped me imagine the metamorphosis so many places in Russia had undergone, from the time of Imperial Russia, to the time of the Bolsheviks and the Soviets, to now, when many places are once again being restored to their former glory.

THE RE-OPENING OF 
THE MALY THEATER


The Bolshoi is one of these cultural gems and the historic theater looks exactly as it did during the time of the czars. The nearest Metro Station is next to it and from here we took the subway to see two very interesting stations. 

Another theater, re-opening very soon, is the Maly Theater, right next to the Park Hyatt Moscow and the Bolshoi Theater.

THE FAMOUS METRO STATIONS OF MOSCOW

A Moscow subway station.
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Then we headed to the Metro to see one of the most beautifully decorated of Moscow's subway stations, full of artworks and incredibly clean considering the millions of people who pass through this stations daily. 

It was like an art deco gallery, and apparently it had been used as a bomb shelter during the war.

A Moscow subway station.
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The next station we saw had beautiful bronze sculptures of the ordinary heroes of the Soviet Republic. Each column had one of these heroes.

DISCUSSING RUSSIAN HISTORY

Entrance to the tiny church at the gateway of Red Square
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All the while we were walking and seeing things, by the way, Olga and I conducted a spirited discussion on Russian history, which is a very special interest of mine. This is how I realised Olga is no ordinary guide because she is a voracious reader and not just a typical Moscow guide who knows just enough to conduct a tour of Moscow.

Bought these books in Moscow yesterday
I know quite a lot of details of Russian history, so I was happy not just to be told things but also to be able to discuss things that matter that are not necessarily part of sightseeing.

These included things such as how life was like during the Soviet era, what modern-day Russians think of the Romanovs and their part in history (as well as to what happened to them) and how the growing gap between rich and poor in a country that precisely held a revolution about this gap is affecting the national psyche.

THE BEAUTY OF MOSCOW

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All in all, it was such a pleasant day in Moscow spent in the company of an intelligent guide from Moscow Private Tours who is kind and humorous as well

It was just like walking around with a friend, although I was learning about history and seeing one of the most beautiful and underrated cities in the world at the same time, living a #Travelife.



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