I had never thought of visiting Moscow but I would highly recommend putting this on a your bucket list.

BUT first you have to get a visa…..

Be prepared for quite a long process, the website application process is long and you will need to have your family history to hand as well as your last 10 years international travel. I needed to find my old passport and include all the trips that have stamps as well as the ones without. As I have to travel as part of my job role it was quite a task!

As the trip was business we needed to obtain an invite, this all sounds very complicated but you can get all of this done for you at the agency for visa application. It is a little expensive, around £180 for the application. It takes around a week to be processed and you will need to attend yourself as you are also finger printed. Your passport then needs to be left with the agency for 1 week. You will then have your visa in your passport (remember to get a good photo as it’s staying with you!)

As part of my global role we induct new countries into the ghd business with a 3 day on-boarding program. The reason for our visit was to induct the Russian Wella team.

They look after multi brands and were very excited to have ghd as part of their new portfolio. Russia have a really amazing studio space,  having visited many countries this is one of my favourite.

Next stop is the breathtaking Red square, to be honest I didn’t know what to expect, but Red Square did not disappoint! I don’t feel the images reflect how wonderful and big the buildings are. Even on a grey, cold day the colours were so vibrant. The walls around the Kremlin stood powerful and the large fir trees were dwarfed by its size. I feel very privileged to have visited Moscow and will forever remember its beauty.

The surrounding areas are mixed with traditional buildings, wonderful shopping and the new with a Inner City Park.

I can’t finish this blog without mentioning food, drink the most wonderful discovery…. Napoleon cake. Wow, gorgeous light puff pastry with a vanilla creme patisserie with a light dusting of icing sugar. We discovered this on our first day and managed to have one (or 2) a day!

Now I need to find this at home 🙂

I did managed a vodka or 2, but found a love for Georgian food. You must visit the City Space Bar for the fantastic views over Moscow plus their excellent selection of gins.

Would I go back again – Yes

I would take warmer clothes and trainers as there is lots of walking.

Try the cake and Georgian wine…. Delicious!

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