The Moscow Metro is impressive. It serves more people than the London and New York metros combined, and consists of 170 individually decorated stations.Unfortunately it is, as far as we could figure out, taking pictures is not allowed.
Our “tour date” unfortunately fell sick, so we went into the Moscow Metro on our own, on what can only be described as a chemist’s pilgrimage. A quest (sort of) for the Metro station dedicated to Mendeleyev, father of the Periodic Table. Actually, finding the Metro station was not a problem, with the metro map in my danish guidebook (Politiken), as Lonely Planet’s guidebook (the transsibirian railway edition) was sadly inadequate in that respect. We passed through a few Metro stations on the way, some were very impressive with stained glass decorations, chandeliers and wrought iron decorations, others were more modest with simple marble walls. Hands down the most impressive Metro system I have ever seen. Also very effective, with frequent trains.
We found the Mendeleyev station, Mendeleevskaya, decorated with a mural of Mendeleyev and his periodic table. Also, the lamps resembled molecules. It was less impressive than some of the other stations we passed, but still it felt right for four chemists.
Then we went by metro to central Moscow and visited Jeliseevskij Gastronom, a very fancy gourmet supermarket in amazing surroundings. After lunch we went to the Danilov Food Market, which was very interesting, and I was told in no uncertain terms that I was not allowed to film (and in somewhat uncertain terms that I was indeed allowed to photograph).
We then went to the University, where there is a good view of Moscow, and spend some time enjoying the view and relaxing, before returning to our neighbourhood to shop for the train trip tomorrow. Now we have returned to the hostel to pack for tomorrow.
Tomorrow we board the train to Yekatarinburg!