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31 Jan 2019
Interview with Dmitry Stolyarov, concierge at the Radisson Royal Hotel.

Three favourite museums: №1 My favorite one is the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. I am a big fan of the  Impressionism movement so I visit the American and European Arts section on a regular basis. The entire collection of museum, however, is far more numerous. Impressionists and Fauvists are represented by paintings of Degas, Monet, Manet, Gauguin, Cézanne and Renoir. Everyone can find something that will resonate with their souls. Those who are keen on foreign history will never be the same after visiting the main building of the museum and especially the Egyptian, ancient Greece and ancient Rome halls. 
№2 The Museum of Cosmonautics at VDNKh is another one my top choices. Soviet and now Russian cosmonautics is famous for its achievements and history. In a large building you can watch interactive educational films about the formation and leadership of our country. Also, most of the permanent exhibition is devoted to the joint project of the USSR and the United States "Apollo-Soyuz." Space lovers will relish the experience of being inside the “Descent Vehicle”, a capsule in which the astronauts land back on Earth. The experience is so interactive and immersive that you can buy real space food!
№3 And in third place is the museum "Gulag". A few years ago, the museum moved from a small building on Petrovka Street to a three-storey building on 1st Samotechny Lane. The history of these times cannot leave anyone indifferent. To get a fuller picture and a more immersive experience, I recommend visiting the museum with a guide. At the end of the tour, ask them to tell you the story of the last days of Stalin's life.

Three favourite restaurants: №1 "Ruski"on the 86th floor in the Oko Tower. Great view, great food and great service. The ice bar is a must visit, located in the restaurant itself, a fur coat will be put on you and you will be taken to a room completely made of ice.
№2 "Pushkin Cafe". The restaurant that proves that a place can be at the top of the ranking of the best restaurants for more than 10 years.
№3 Restaurant "Beluga", located in the historical building of hotel National, will conquer guests with a variety of dishes with Russian red and black caviar.

Three favourite bars: №1 "Noor" bar on Tverskaya, an institution that has long proved to have great atmosphere and music.
№2 "Duran" bar is a great place with high-quality electronic music and a gorgeous view of the Moscow River and one of Stalin's skyscrapers, Hotel Ukraine.
№ 3 "Druzhba"at the Trekhgornaya manufactory will conquer the hearts of lovers of live performances. 

Event you can't miss this winter: In winter, many interesting events take place in Moscow, such as ice-skating to the sound of the chiming clock on Red Square, the start of the ski season in Moscow Region, various festivals or schools of extreme driving on ice - it is difficult to single out one thing! But probably for visitors to our country and the capital the most interesting event will be the holiday dedicated to the farewell of winter “Maslennitsa”. The whole city transforms and the central squares, parks and festivities take part in the traditional burning of straw doll and of course eating pancakes!
 
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