Bucket List #7: Moscow

See, I told you you’d see some more Eastern European cities this week! Here’s what I want to do however; lately, I’ve been posting every day about a destination that’s on my bucket list, and I’m going to continue doing so, but with a slight change. Most of my posts have been me picking out 3 places I’d like to visit and writing a paragraph about that particular place. I do, however, feel as if I’m just regurgitating some information that’s readily available on other websites, so I’m going to make a small change. I’m still going to do my bucket list posts (along with reviews once we’re done with quarantine and are able to go on more vacations). The format will be as follows: 1) An introductory paragraph into why I want to visit the destination. 2) Three places I want to go while I’m there, but instead of giving a complete history, I might just write a sentence or two about why I want to visit that particular attraction. Most of the writing I do involves research from Wikipedia and planetware.com. Planetware is great because they have reviews and attractions of almost everywhere you can think of visiting, so make sure to visit their website to get some more back story of the places I write about! 3) This will be my favorite part. I’m going to write about my three favorite dishes from this area that I want to try/have tried and love! I’m a huge food junkie, so this will be a very exciting part for me to write about! So, without further ado, here are the places I want to visit in Moscow!

First: Kremlin.

More specifically, I’d like to see the armory chamber and the Patriarch’s Palace. The whole compound is a gorgeous work or architecture, having been built in the 1400s. You know I’m a history nut, so this would keep me nerded out the whole time!

Next: Lenin’s Mausoleum.

This was one that I thought was incredibly interesting! Vladimir Lenin’s body is preserved and on public display in the sarcophagus, and visitors can go free of charge. Regardless of anyone’s views on Lenin’s political stances, I think it would be really cool to see the resting place of a former world leader.

Last: Red Square (St. Basil’s Cathedral)

I have a tremendous love for older architecture, and St. Basil’s Cathedral is no exception. Built in the 1500s, it has 9 chapels inside the church itself. Red Square is the center of Moscow, so this would be a great place to walk around and get a feel for the culture of the city.

Now, let’s talk about food! Here are three dishes I want to try in Moscow!

  1. Varenniki
    • From what I can see, I’d say they most compare to something like and empanada. It can be stuffed with something savory or something sweet. This is ideal for me because it’s got everything you want in one bite! Meat, cheese, bread, etc. Or, if you want, make it sweet and have a desert! I, personally, could have a meal consisting entirely of these! Give me the savory for dinner, and the sweet for desert!
  2. Beef Stroganoff
    • I mean…duh.
  3. Chicken Kiev
    • Similar to chicken cordon bleu, minus the ham, and add mushrooms and egg yolk. My mouth is absolutely watering looking at pictures of it!

Let me know what you think of the new format, and make sure to interact with us on social media! We’re active all the time, so be sure to leave a comment about any trips you’ve taken to Moscow (or Russia in general), and let us know what your favorite part was!

Blessings,
Madison

Bucket List #6: Berlin

Good afternoon everyone! I hope you’re all staying safe in the midst of all the craziness going on in the world! These circumstances have taught me better than ever to be thankful for everything I have and to not take this life for granted. Although I’m not afflicted by this disease, it all goes to show us how quickly and greatly our lives can be altered. However, with this being a travel blog, it also gives credence to the fact that Rebecca and I want to see everywhere as soon as possible, because none of us know when our time will come, or when our opportunity to see some awesome places will pass. This should renew our vigor to pursue the rest of the world! With that being said, I’d like to dive into the best places I want to visit when our family visits the economic power of the EU, Germany! (More specifically, Berlin!)

First: The Brandenburg Gate

As we’ve all clearly come to know, I’m a huge history buff, and the Brandenburg will satisfy that craving immediately upon arrival to Berlin. Built in 1788, the Gate now signifies peace and unity in Europe. When the gate was originally built, only the royal family was allowed to actually pass through it (along with one other family, Pfuel, which you’re welcome to look more into. Too long for this article!). In the 20th century, the Nazis used this gate as a symbol for their party. At the end of WWII, people could freely travel through this gate until 1961, when the Berlin was underwent construction. When the wall was knocked down in 1989, travel was restored and this is when the Gate undertook the symbol of peace and unity in Germany. Many websites I’ve visited have named the Brandenburg Gate as the number one place to visit while in Berlin, and that’s most certainly what I’ll do!

Next: Jewish Museum Berlin

First and foremost, this building is one of the coolest buildings I’ve ever seen. Check my Instagram for a picture of it! I thought this museum would be an awesome experience because of the long struggles undertaken by Jewish Germans. This is also the largest Jewish museum in Europe. While this building is much more modern than anything I’ve suggested so far on this blog, the story about how it got here is quite remarkable. The original Jewish Museum in Berlin was built in 1933, but was seized a few years later by Nazi Gestapo. In the late 1980s, the idea for a design of a new museum came to life, and after holding an anonymous competition for the rights to design the building, it was reconstructed in 1999 and opened refilled with inventory in 2001. The museum has been under controversy lately, however. I don’t want to get into the specifics on here so as not to offend any readers based on their perspective, but it’s definitely worthy of some research if you care to dive a bit deeper into that.

Last: German Museum of Technology

I don’t think a trip to Germany would be complete without acknowledging and admiring their unbelievable technological and industrial work over the past few decades. Germany is the number one exporter of cars in the world by a very wide margin, and their vehicles are widely accepted as the most reliable (I’m sure there are those that disagree, but…oh well!). From planetware.com, the museum has several vehicles and air crafts that are on display, and they also have steam engines dating back to the late 1800s.

I think the most exciting part of the visit to Germany would be the fact that I’ve loved every German dish/beer that I’ve ever tasted! Needless to say, there would be an enormous amount of eating involved on this trip! Sauerbraten, Bratwurst, Schnitzel, Spatzle, you name it, I want it all! I know this wasn’t to most extensive post I’ve had so far, and I must admit, it’s totally my fault. I know much more about Western Europe than I do Eastern Europe, and that’s just because I’m more familiar with the culture. Doing research on this post has made me want to get into Eastern Europe much more, and I fully intend to do so. Don’t be surprised if you see a few more Eastern European cities this week 🙂

Blessings,
Madison