Like every real adventure, the trip to Siberia didn't go exactly as planned and was full of surprises. That's the way it was from the very beginning, as already at the airport in Paris it turned out that we were not going to be in Moscow on time to catch our correspondence flight to Irkutsk. However, every cloud's got a silver lining and unplanned overnight in a hotel near Sheremetyevo airport, allowed a several hours exploration of Moscow the following day.
Starting very early in the morning, we had about 5 hours to see a tiny lil' bit of the city before returning to the airport.
5 hours is definitely not enough for a city like Moscow. This wouldn't be enough for any city. In such a short time it was only possible to enjoy the beauty of Red Square, take pictures around the fabulous Saint Basil's Cathedral and in the closest neighborhood including Patriarshy Bridge, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior or the Lenin library.
This very first contact with Russia was quite surprising and very intense. Moscow's architecture in the heart of the city not only delights but, above all, definitely stands out against other European capitals. There is an eastern look about it, giving the whole city center an unusual, almost exotic vibe.
On the way back to the airport, pretty sad to leave this city hardly after the exploration of it began, I promised myself that I would come back and spend all my time wandering around and getting lost in Moscow.