VDNH – the All-Russian exhibition area

It’s very interesting, that Soviet times have this golden-marble-cold-war-KGB reputation in Europe. I blame James Bond movies for that, but there must be another reason. But what else?..
Even though I wasn’t really an adult back then, I just can’t idealize those times. I remember gold and marble, red flags and parades, but I also remember endless queues in the stores, same clothes everywhere, same groceries if there were any at all. I can be nostalgic about events of my life back then, but not about the times overall.

Getting to the point here. This is the All-Russian-Exhibition center that I already showed a bit from the Ferris wheel. Now this is something that presents that Soviet chic in all it’s glory. I loved to walk there, but well, places like this advertise Soviet glory more than anything.

Each pavilion represented one of the friendly republics or countries, and they were used to show and sell the local goods. Right now the themes are mixed, you can still see that pavilions were used for something else not that long ago, but right now you can buy medical supplies, electronics, musical instruments there and much more.

It’s like a paradise for the nostalgic person – old marble pavilions, some of them are abandoned and forgotten, some of them have been reconstructed and are shining with all the glory of the golden statues. You can buy Soviet doughnuts there and “shahlyk” (barbecued meat) right on the streets. It’s a great place for a walk, a bit misleading, but still great.

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  • http://fiveeurofood.com Charles Smith

    Speaking of James Bond, I can never stop stop thinking of these two when I think of “the mighty Soviet Union”

    If it’s an exhibit, how come they sell such things as medical supplies? :o Seems a little strange…..

    • http://www.blackiewarner.com Blackie Warner

      Hm, what is strange about that? There are about 80 pavilions there, in all of them you can buy something, most of them still have exhibitions going on. So when they demonstrate some new medical equipment you can buy some supplies as well. It’s not like they give drugs in samples, it’s more of medical electronics and stuff, but you can buy a lot of rare medicine there as well.

      • http://fiveeurofood.com Charles Smith

        Maybe I misunderstood what the whole place is used for. Usually medical equipment and so forth is sold at conventions run by and for people from the medical profession. You make it sound like I could just turn up and buy my own CAT scan machine? :D

        • http://www.blackiewarner.com Blackie Warner

          It’s Russia, it might be very possible if you have money )

          I think that only pharmacists are selling and showing stuff on such exhibitions, but I think that limitations are minimum, though the range of products is more for the home use – like blood pressure monitors, medical train simulators and so on.