27 May: Rest day – Moscow is Moscow
Sunday, 27 May was another rest day (the last one?) and after staying more than three weeks in Moscow, it is about time to show you some of my impressions from the Russian capital. Initially I started the blog for my family, friends and colleagues back home: I occassionaly wanted to show a few impressions from Moscow, but after shooting so many pictures during the opening and the inspection of the playing hall, I thought it might be nice to share some of the background information of the match with more people. And I thank you for the positive feedback.
As I do with the chess related pictures, I do not want to show you the normal tourist shots, but just a few strange and beautiful things I saw. I explored the streets of Moscow with Anand’s delegation leader Hans-Walter Schmitt, on a couple of days our wives accompanied us, on other days a few friends came along. HWS has posted many pictures on the Chess Tigers website: http://www.chesstigers.de/
Moscow is Moscow, what can I say? Enjoy!
Impressions from Moscow
In case you missed this picture: on our first day in Moscow, we saw this car and we were wondering if this is an ambulance. We found out that it is a repair service for rims. The car certainly gets much attention in Moscow and we saw some more service cars during our stay.
This car owner should call the above mentioned number.
Talking about cars: on the first night of our stay we were wondering what the hell was going on on the Red Square that night, and it turned out that more than 14.000 servicemen were rehearsing for the Victory Parade on 9 May. It was an odd view to see tanks crossing the street, just before our windows.
Marching through the streets. There was another rehearsal two days later, that started Sundaymorning at 8 AM!
These young lads were marching with a bottle of vodka or beer in their hands on 9 May, the day of the Victory parade.
On the way from the hotel to the Tretyakov Gallery, a 10 minute walk, I saw many happy newly wed couples and I finally understand why these grooms are carrying their brides. The girls must have ankle fractures, because…
… Moscow girls stubbornly wear stiletto heels! And it is not easy walking with these shoes on the streets of Moscow. Respect to them!
This does not look healthy. As an orthopedist, you can make a fortune in Moscow!
This is a crazy theme park near Hotel Cosmos. The last time I visited Moscow, in1993, it was a beautiful quiet park with nice buildings, a bit strange though. Now it is a funfair, with loud music everywhere, a go-kart track and all kinds of sub-stuff. I was a bit disappointed.
Odd couple: Hans-Walter Schmitt and Peter Doggers had a good time in the park.
Also a strange sight during a boat tour on the Moskva river: a Russian Space Shuttle on a ferry boat. And no, it is not a photo composition.
This gentleman voluntarily posed for us in the beautiful Novodevichy Convent. A must-see. (I mean, the convent)
We did not see many animals in the streets. HWS is making a picture of the only cat we saw in three weeks. There are many Chinese restaurants in Moscow, though.
There are many parks in Moscow, with beautiful flowers.
Moon over Moscow – one last stroll before going to sleep.