The most interesting place I visited this week was the ” Tretyakov” art gallery. The art gallery is one of the most famous in the world, and is home to many original masterpieces. Paintings that are often seen in books and on TV can be found there. The gallery is named after Pavel Treyakov who was a rich art collector. Pavel treyakov loved collecting paintings that he thought were amazing, and proudly displayed them in his house. He became so well known as an art collector with good taste, that whenever he bought a painting from someone, they would become famous. When he was an old man he asked that they turn his house into a museum for everyone to be able to see his fine collection. Today the gallery is open for all to see, and continues to exhibit the best Russian paintings. I really love paintings, as they help me see the world through the eyes of the painter.
I also went to a place called “Statue Park”, which was the inspiration for the 007: Goldeneye Movie intro. It was an interesting place with all kinds of old soviet statues and modern art mixed. I was able to take many good pictures.
As usual I used the metro and marshutka to get around. Using the Marshutka helps me feel like a real citizen of Moscow. Pushing my way into the small van, paying the driver 20 rubles, and acting like a Russian is all part of the experience. Now that it is getting cold, it is especially convenient to use the marshutka.