GUM ... Not the chewing kind
December 3, 2017 7:03am CST
This is a huge and very expensive department store in Moscow. It is right on Red Square. Inside once you get passed security you will see many small shops from all the poshest fashion brands. The place is on three levels and our first visit was to use the toilets which we had to pay several rubles to make use of but they were clean and worth paying for. We didn't buy anything at all except for food in two different restaurants within the complex. The food was Russian and as it was a buffet we could choose to try a few different small dishes and at reasonable prices. At night the entire place was lit up on the outside and looked stunning. Sadly St Basil's Cathedral was not lit when we were there at there was a big night time event which they had flood lights for instead. Inside the building we enjoyed taking photos of the painted tables and colourful bicycles that decorated the place. This shop is a Russian institution but I do wonder what it was like at the height of Communism when ordinary Russians struggled to even buy basic food.
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I visited Moscow and (then) Leningrad with pupils learning Russian three times when the Soviet Union still existed. GUM was something special even then. Because of the tourists from abroad, it was always well stocked. But there were definitely no luxury shops from capitalist countries! Outside Moscow, the situation was drab, of course. I remember going in once and seeing a long queue of people. People always queued, sometimes they didn't know what for. But it was always a good investment to buy something there which couldn't be got anywhere else and then sell it again for a higher price. Anyways, the queue I noticed was for a foldable umbrella. When were you there?
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• Derby, England
@MALUSE We went this last August. I was actually very favourably impressed as I was expecting drab and gloomy but the architecture was fabulous and it was really interesting to walk around and explore all within the Red square and nearby areas
• Derby, England
@MALUSE That is very true we did realise we wee only seeing the tourist stuff. We did pass through some drab areas in the bus. Our guide kind of hinted t that without being controversial. I think they still have to tow the party line and not say anything negative to tourists!!