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Olga Malova

Olga Malova, ZIS parent, gives us the inside track on her unique and ever-surprising home town, Moscow.

 

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SAIL THROUGH THE CITY

A boat ride along the Moscow River gives you the chance to see the Kremlin and the ‘wedding cake’ skyscrapers from a different perspective. My mum first took me when I was six years old, so it brings back tender memories.

 

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GO UNDERGROUND AT BUNKER-42

Bunker-42 was a top-secret shelter and military command centre built in the 1950s in case of a nuclear attack. Now it’s a unique Cold War museum and entertainment and restaurant complex, 65 metres below ground, with a reconstructed command centre.

 

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EAT LIKE IT’S 1859

Enjoy traditional Russian pelmeni (dumplings) or beef stroganoff at Restaurant Oblomov, a 19th-century mansion named after a classic literary character known for his love of good times. I’ve been going for 20 years, and I’m always greeted by the resident parrot.

 

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STROLL IN THE RED OCTOBER DISTRICT

This island on the Moscow River used to house the Red October Chocolate Factory. Now it’s a popular art district, with galleries, bars and small restaurants. Even though the factory is long gone, I can still smell the delicious Stratosphere candies I first tasted as a girl.

 

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HAVE A BLAST FROM THE PAST AT GUM

The Moscow branch of Russia’s main department store GUM was built at the end of the 19th century. It has the best ice-cream and more than 100 boutiques. There’s even a grocery store with original Soviet packaging that will make any Russian over 50 deeply nostalgic.

 

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