Leo’s travel journal

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Part 4 of 5: Moscow, Russian Federation

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WAR-SVO: LOT Polish Airlines L0677
Total flight time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Total flight distance: 717 miles

What can I say about Moscow… It was worse than I expected it to be.

Oh yeah! Met up with my very good friend Qing Link, who was really kind to take me around the various places of interests in Moscow. Coincidentally, also a proud owner of a cool Nikon D80 DSLR. For those who don’t know what that is, neither do I.

Views from my hotel room during sunset.

The Moscow Metro
The Moscow Metro operates between 06:00 and 01:00 and about 8 million people use the system every day. Frequency of trains is 90 seconds during rush hours and 2-4 minutes during the rest of the day. 10 minutes headway after midnight.

The Moscow Metro is 269 km long and has 165 stations. Although there are line numbers on some maps, lines are identified by names referring to the areas they serve. There is also a 20 km long circle line connecting all other lines.

The first line was opened on 15 May 1935 between Sokolniki and Park Kultury, with a branch to Smolenskaya which reached Kievskaya in April 1937. Two more lines were opened before the World War II. In March 1938 the Arbatskaya line was extended to Kurskaya station (now Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya). In 1938 the Gorkovsko-Zamoskvoretskaya line opened between Sokol and Teatralnaya.

After the War construction started on the Koltsevaya line which was first designed to run under the Sadovoye Koltso (Garden Ring), a boulevard ring along the limits of 16th century Moscow. From the beginning metro stations were decorated like palaces, Stalin wanted them to be the working class’ cathedrals. Later extensions got a more functional design due to lack of funds.

Touristy me in Moscow.
Mr. Photographer / Good Friend / Med Student in Moscow, Mr. Qing Link


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  1. dont think moscow is a place im interested to visit. 🙂MayWong


    6 April 2007 at 15:21

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