Moscow: 10 Things to Do

2. Patriarshy Prudiy

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Anyone who's ever read Mikhail Bulgakov's Master and Margarita will want to see Patriarshy Prudiy, just off the Garden Ring and not far from Mayakovsky Square and Tverskaya Ulitsa (the city's main drag). Anyone who hasn't should; there's no better guide to Stalinist Russia and the surrealism that, in some sense, still pervades Russia. Patriarshy Prudiy, which means "Patriarch's Pond," is a square-shaped pond surrounded by Stalin-era apartments; look here for the yellow, neoclassical restaurant called Pavilion, among the city's best. The best time to experience Patriarshy Prudiy is the morning, in the fall or spring. Take a book, allow yourself a little time, walk around the pond, make sure not to miss the sculpture garden. This is a piece of Moscow that most outsiders miss and everyone from this place cherishes. By metro, get here on the green line to Mayakovsky, or the purple line to Pushkinskaya Ploshchad.

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