Moscow through my iPhone

It was a day in history. Thats how the pilot greeted us, passengers onboard Gulf Air’s first flight to Moscow.
October 28th 2014, was indeed a historical day for Gulf Air and to me personally.

 

I was invited to board the first flight to Moscow for a media familiarization trip sponsored by Gulf Air. It was such an honor to be among that trip. I was finally getting recognized as a travel photography blogger and social media influencer. Plus I get to travel to an exciting place like Moscow.

After attending the official inauguration ceremony it was boarding time.

And it's official boarding @gulfair first flight to #moscow 😍🇷🇺 #موسكو #طيران_الخليج #gulfair

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5 hours later we were already in Moscow.

Hello Moscow 🇷🇺 #rashavsibnbattutah #RshRussia #rshMoscow #gulfair

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The number of media lineup and photographers was overwhelming. Many plane spotters seemed to be waiting for the arrival of the flight.

 

It was cold really cold ! But I loved it.

However I didn’t love the Traffic in Moscow. It took us almost 2 hours to reach the hotel. We were told the traffic in Moscow is bad but I didn’t think it was that bad. We reached the Ritz-Carlton hotel and we were welcomed by the General Manager.

Russian welcome at the Ritz Carlton Moscow with bread and salt 😄🇷🇺 #RshRussia #rshMoscow #gulfair

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The atmosphere at the Ritz-Carlton hotel was warm as much as it was cold outside. We were welcomed with a Russian tradition of eating bread and salt. Dinner was at one of the restaurants at the hotel where we tried authentic Russian cuisine.

 

 

After dinner we headed to the rooftop sky bar to check the amazing panoramic view of Moscow.

 

The next morning we had a walking tour at the red square. We started the tour at Lenin’s Mausoleum. We had to see Lenin in the flesh ! It was an interesting experience to see the preserved body of Lenin. Nonetheless I would say it’s a must do for anyone visiting Moscow.

Good Morning #Moscow 🇷🇺 Taken with an iPhone 5s #russia #RshRussia #rshMoscow

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We continued the red square tour with a visit to Kremlin museum and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Needless to say I fell in love with the Cathedral.

The real Disney Land #RshRussia #rshMoscow #gulfair #Moscow #russia #redsquare

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The next day we had an interesting idea to tour Moscow’s Kol’tsevaya (Circle route) metro stations. We hopped on the metro and visited some of the nine Moscow railway terminals. Each station had a different theme and totally different design.

Wedding hall nope another metro station! #thisiscrazy #RshRussia #rshMoscow #Moscow #russia #iphoneonly #vscocam

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I loved the metro it was so beautiful. Carrying millions of passengers daily, the first metro was opened in the 1950s.

 

Another metro station.

The grapes collector – at the metro #RshRussia #rshMoscow #Moscow #russia #metro

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Details of one of the metro stations.

 

A final portrait at the metro.

Hello from the museum jk this is the metro 😍 #rashavsibnbattutah #RshRussia #rshMoscow #Moscow #metro #russia

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I couldn’t resist buying a bunch of Matryoshka Russian dolls from Arbat street. Although I lost one of my shopping bags there but I think it’s a sign to go back to Russia for more shopping!

 

My impression about Moscow is that it is a very clean, organized and peaceful city. It is culturally rich and a heaven for art lovers. There are many things to do and the metro can easily and efficiently connect you to other cities for example St Petersburg is just 3 and a half hours away.

The mall #RshRussia #rshMoscow #Moscow #russia #gum #kremlin #iphoneonly #vscocam

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It was a stupendous trip where I made many friends and got to see a glimpse of history of a great nation. Russia I will definitely come back for more!

The last selfie in #Moscow ☺️🇷🇺 #RshRussia #rshMoscow #Moscow #russia #gulfair #DME #Airport #Falconflyer

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Special thanks to Gulf Air and to the Ritz-Carlton Moscow for making this trip so memorable.

Gulf Air currently fly 4 times a week from Bahrain to Moscow. For more information and updates check Gulf Air’s website.