A few weeks back we went to visit my family in Moscow. Which is exciting on its own, but it was also my brother's birthday, first time for Jenn and Abigail visiting Moscow, and my second visit to my birth city since we left in early 90s.
For those who don't know much about Russia visiting there, even to such a developed city as Moscow, can be a bit of a culture shock. It is a very different mentality, different traditions and different sense of humour. Even to me Russia seems a foreign country, I can only imagine how unsettling it can be for a tourist.
But surprisingly on this visit everything, from passport control and to service in restaurants, was great. We spent several days roaming the streets, visiting some of the famous monuments and eating very tasty food. The weather was fantastic, sunny and not too warm. And early fall sun was low enough to make for a great light throughout the day.
Unfortunately, I only took my favourite walk about lens when we headed to see the city center - 35mm Summarit-M. It was a mistake and I struggled to get a nice closeup on Kremlin, but I managed to get some nice shots of the family later.
The restaurant scene has also changed. We went to a few places and the food was great in all of them, especially at a little gastronomic project called Rico. It's a very small place, so you should be sure to book a table . There is no menu available, all the products are hand picked daily at a local market and put right before the eyes of the guests to choose from. Usually a small selection of seafood, fish and meat. In addition, there are appetisers and salads, as well as delicious freshly baked bread. Rico does not serve alcohol, but you can bring your own. Whatever food is not sold on the day is handed out to people in need, while the leftovers are sent to an animal shelter.