Friday, June 29, 2012

The Kremlin

David inside the Kremlin - the Armoury is the yellow building to his left.

The Kremlin -- I remember seeing it in the news a lot when I was little, and since it rhymed with "gremlin," it seemed pretty scary.  There have been a lot of changes at the Kremlin since the fall of the Soviet Union, but it is still the center of power in Russia and the place that Vladimir Putin heads to work every morning.  It is a really interesting place.

The Armoury inside the Kremlin houses some of the treasures accumulated by the Russian Tsars, including ten Faberge eggs.  There are also lots of cathedrals (that survived Stalin), the world's largest bell (never rung), and a really big cannon (never fired).  We enjoyed walking around the beautiful parks and gardens, generally trying not to run afoul of any of the security guards all over the place.

Ivan the Great Bell Tower on Cathedral Square inside the Kremlin.  Notice the big bell below the tower and the big cannon on the far right

We even saw Putin in his limo!  Just kidding -- if Putin were really in this limo, you would see his steely eyes peering through the back window.  It will be really interesting to see how long he remains the Russian President this second time around.

A limo passing inside the Kremlin

A park inside the Kremlin - Moscow is in full bloom


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