The rain, the sun and Investment Forum
Monday. The working weekend starts for everyone in different ways. Someone sits in a truck delivering cargo while someone else gets ready to speak in the congress hall. Here’s a view from the White House where RBTH’s contributor spent his Monday morning. In 1991 in the days of Putsch it became the headquarter for Yeltsin’s supporters and opponents of the communist regime. Two years later during the constitutional crisis in Russia tanks bombed the walls of the White House.
Tuesday. Here you can see the same building from the outside. This snapshot was made through a window of a metro carriage. The Moscow metro is known as the world’s deepest underground, and that’s true. But there are some segments on the lines where trains come up from the deep for a while to go down again a minute later. This picture was taken on the Filevskaya (pale blue) line on the route between Smolenskaya and Kievskaya metro stations.
Wednesday. This is what the Moscow metro looks like from 60 meters underground. One of Moscow’s 188 stations – Dostoevskaya. It was opened in 2010 and at that moment was the last point on the Lublinsko-Dmitrovskaya (green) line. Nowadays passengers can go further – to the terminal station Maryina Roscha. Moscow’s subway is growing fast. There are plans for two rapid rail links that will be appearing in Moscow within the next few years.
Thursday. Let’s go back above ground and enjoy autumn. Yes, Moscow is rainy in September but is it a reason for being blue? Take a look at this young girl walking in the rain with her funny umbrella and matreshkas adornment. It seems she’s in a good mood, and she’s not the only one. By the way, modern Muscovites are quite keen on fashion. Moscow has always been the capital of fashion in Russia – even during Soviet times when everything was in short supply.
Friday. Did you know that Russia is the biggest country in the world? There are 4 climatic zones, and when it rains in the nation’s capital the sun is shining in Sochi. Prior to the Olympics the resort is hosting an International Investment Forum. More than 7000 people are taking part in the Forum, including the heads of government bodies and, of course, RBTH’s reporters. In this picture you can see Sochi with its embankment, beautiful sunset and evergreen palms.
Saturday. The rain is here again) and we are in the second largest city and cultural hub of Russia – Saint Petersburg. This city is famous worldwide for it’s drawing bridges, palaces, Hermitage museum and the season of white nights. But there’s one more thing that makes Saint Petersburg a unique city – the so called wells (in the image), very narrow courtyards shaped by the surrounding old buildings. That’s not for ordinary tourist’s eyes. It’s for people who appreciate something really special. To find out more on how to spend a cliché-free weekend in St. Petersburg read this article.
Sunday. The last day of a week is always reserved for a quiet rest. But don’t be too lazy to take a short trip. It’s Rostov’s Kremlin in this snapshot – one of the brilliant architectural stars on the touristic Golden Ring route and one of the oldest Russian cities. It takes around 3 hours to get there by car from Moscow. And if you don’t want to come back there is quite cheap hotel in the historical Kremlin area.