Our group leaders had been here before and so at their suggestion on our first evening we all took the subway down to Red Square at night. What a thrill, to see St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the other buildings on Red Square, all lit up!
We watched the guards at Lenin’s Tomb parade past us.
and Lenin’s Tomb, with its long line of people waiting to see Lenin’s corpse.
The Kremlin was chocked full of beautiful old churches built in Tzarist times. They had wonderful frescoes inside. There were other government buildings as you would expect. The whole effect was so historical in spite of the Soviet Union seeming to reject religion and the Tzarist history. One could have spent a lot of time within the Kremlin, but of course we were guided rather quickly through the area. Still it was very exciting to think that we were standing within the Kremlin walls. Some of the churches were the Cathedral of the Dormition, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and the Cathedral of Ivan the Great with its Bell Tower.
Our group used three Intourist Buses with a special guide in each. One destination, a kindergarten, was difficult to find. It was pointed out that there were no street signs; someone opined that it would be difficult to mount a revolution without street signs. However, it made finding our kindergarten difficult. First out guide asked some women for directions, and when that didn’t work, our driver got out and asked directions. We finally found our destination—the kindergarteners seemed glad to see us.
These days are jam-packed, but we’re loving them!