|Holiday Inn Moscow - Vinogradovo|
The face of Moscow has changed considerably over the last five years and once-empty shops have become designer boutiques and expensive restaurants. The lifestyle for many Muscovites has also changed as access to more and more consumer goods has steadily increased. Some things, though, haven't changed and the city's fascinating history is still in evidence all around and visitors still flock to see the unique palaces, cathedrals and museums that house some of the world's most beautiful paintings and frescoes and still retain the ghosts of former tsars and princes.
Moscow is laid out in a series of concentric rings that centre on the original medieval fortress, the Kremlin. The encircling wide boulevards, the Boulevard Ring, Garden Ring, and Outer Ring Road, delineate the historic expansion of the city. Most visitors start a tour of Moscow with the Kremlin and Red Square. Famed for its abundance of cathedrals and the heart of the Russian Government, visitors are immediately confronted with Moscow's contradictions as stunning historic cathedrals stand within a stone's throw of the most architecturally modern and somewhat gloomy edifice of Lenin's Mausoleum.