My awesome Crimean vacation had to end some time and then it was back to work — and back to Moscow. Contrary to popular assumptions about the discomforts of spending the summer in the city, there are some unexpected opportunities to be found in this experience, especially in Moscow. Last month I wrote about how to have a perfect summer day in Moscow for YELL.RU, Russia’s bilingual reference, reviews, and recreation resource. Take a look:
The best thing about Moscow in August is that you can have the city practically all to yourself. With millions decamped on their annual summer leave to the resorts of Europe or the Russian South, and the remainder tending to their dacha plots, on any given August weekend Moscow is practically a ghost town.
Did you know that in Moscow you can do refreshing laps and work on you tan in just three metro stops from the city center?
August is also pretty much the only time when shopping at the glitzy underground mega-mall Okhotny Ryad is remotely tolerable. “Thanks” to its location just steps away from the Kremlin and Red Square, and a mass-appealing mix of high-end and affordable brands, Okhotny Ryad is usually overrun with Muscovites and tourists alike. It’s like the metro in rush hour. Which is why I almost never go there. Except in August.