It was around 11 a.m. when I arrived, but it felt like 6 a.m. The temperature improved – about nine degrees. It was zero only twelve hours back. The sun seemed undecided whether it would come out already or not. I was too excited to mind.
“Snow fell two days ago,” Julia, my guide remarked. “Do you think I might be lucky today?” I responded, “the last time I saw snow was nine years ago in England.”
The weather remained predictably unpredictable. No snow. Red Square soon became bright as the sun finally shone. Probably the same way it did in 1941…
i. The name Red Square has nothing to do with the color of surrounding buildings, eg. the State History Museum is very red, all red; nor does the name have to do with communism
ii. At one time Red Square was called ‘krasniya’ which means beautiful
iii. Red Square became an official name in the 17th century
iv. In the 1400s it was a site for rabble rousing
v. Red Square began as a slum, and a place where the low lives, i.e. drunks and criminals, dwelt.
vi. Red Square was once called “Fire Square” after a number of times medieval Moscow burned.
vii. Red Square had a brutal past being the site of fierce fighting and public executions
viii. By the 20th century it became the site of military parades displaying Soviet armed forces might
ix 1941 – cadets marched through the square and straight to the front line less than 50 kilometers from Moscow
x. 1945 – Nazi standards were thrown in front of the mausoleum and trampled on by mounted Soviet commanders
xi. 2000 – celebrations to mark the end of World War II were done in the square. Imagine the fireworks here when the world welcomed the new millennium
xii. Around Perestroika, Red Square became the site for large musical performances, fashion shows, festivals, etc.
xiii. I thought the sound of your footsteps on Red Square sounded similar with those you make on The Shambles in York, UK.