I stood in the middle of Red Square and it was one of those "pinch me" moments. I don't think anyone of a certain age could stand where I stood and not be deeply moved by the experience. Perhaps that applies to everyone I can't say. The place itself is very impressive without all the overtones of the memory of scratchy B&W film showing ICBMs, tanks and political leaders! The irony of the GUM department store directly opposite the Kremlin - maybe not so much in the past as GUM was a branch of government - now its a large - very large - aggregation of designer shops
Go in the day and go in the night - the lighting is stunningly good - walk through from the northern side up an incline and St Basil's is revealed (wow!) walk through the square with the Kremlin on your right and down the hill to the Moscow River and see the River and Kremlin walls from the bridge - quite a place!
April was warmer than we expected - there was still snow on the ground but the sun was warme - it gets pretty cold in the evening so go prepared!
There are toilets in the GUM building!
Wear sensible shoes - the cobbles in the square might be difficult otherwise
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