This blog was commenced in late 2011, at the beginning of a three year posting to Moscow. I returned to Australia at the end of 2014.
My intention was to provide a pictorial commentary on my observations of Moscow, a city most people in Australia know little about.
The blog has now been wound up and there will be no more entries. Nor will I respond to any more comments. Thanks for visiting.
Sorry I haven't written recently. We've just changed apartments, which kept me pretty busy. Now we have a view, which is great, as we no longer have to take the lift and then walk outside to find out what the weather is doing. Speaking of which, it's become noticeably cooler the past week or so. Jackets are being worn.
A couple of posts ago I covered shopping malls. There was one notable mall missing - GUM.
I suppose you could buy glue here, but you’d more likely be
seeking fashion accessories.
GUM stands for Gosudarstvenny Universalny Magazin, which
means Government Department Store. This lovely three story building defines the
eastern side of Red Square. It was constructed in 1893 and at the time was one
of the world’s most modern commercial areas.
GUM - last Christmas
During the Soviet years it was allowed to run down, maintenance
of free-enterprise shopping centres not really being a part of the communist manifesto.
When Wendy saw it in 1991 it was very shabby and there wasn’t much on offer
other than the odd spud.
However, this is just the sort of place (location, location,
location) that makes a free market economist’s eyes light up and it has
undergone a complete renovation. It is now full of trendy boutiques, cafes and
GUM Christmas display, December 2011
Spring display 2012
Also part of the 2012 spring display
- backdrop to the temporary winter skating rink in Red Square (add to
your list of one hundred things to do before you die - skating at dusk
in Red Square - it's a surreal experience)