The most unique thing which took place when you were born was the fact that you arrived in this world. Note I say it was ‘unique’, I didn’t say it was necessarily good, for your parents or for the world in general. Jokes apart, but when that special day keeps recurring year after year, it is imperative that you do something different to live up to the significance of this day.
We understand that you are no Jesus and so no worldwide celebration of Christmas for you will be declared. And obviously you can’t call yourself a premature Jesus even if you were born in early December. There are still better ways to celebrate than just cutting a cake (calories!) or feasting and drinking. For example, Tanusree was flying over Buenos Aires in a yellow colour helicopter during her birthday in September last year while on his own jour de naissance this year, Shehzaad went for a hike on the difficult Kjeragbolten Mountains in Norway. To be precise, they were together doing these activities since you need one person to cut the cake and pose and the other to hold the camera and click. Along the same tunes, we had an unforgettable experience during Tanusree’s birthday in September (we are tad late to share this post!) this year while we sailed and dined along the river Moskva and clinked our glasses of champagne while admiring the glorious glowing monuments of the gorgeous Russian capital.
Radisson Royal Moscow at night
Doing justice to the Stalinist architecture, the really royal Radisson Royal
Cruise leaving the Radisson pier
There is no denying of the fact that a dinner river cruise on the river Moskva is one of the things you cannot leave Moscow without doing. After considering popular reviews, we opted for the Royal Dinner package offered by the Radisson Hotel’s Royal Flotilla River Cruise with dinner to mark this special day. It is worth mentioning that in the same week, the Russian capital was celebrating its own 868th anniversary of establishment, so there was merry making in the town in any case. Nothing like it when the city you are travelling to coincides its own birthday with yours, perfect gift a destination can give to voyagers who come to explore her.
Another year of wisdom bubbles through the champagne Here is to another year of adventures – cheers!
The interior of the cruise was equally impressive Families, friends all having a good time
Every drama has an anti-climax, so did ours. A recommendation is not to rely on Google Maps and its advice on how long it will take you to go from A to B in a taxi especially if you are in a new city. What was supposed to be a 30 minute ride from our hotel to the Radisson Hotel’s pier dramatically turned into an hour long congestion of agonising motorway traffic that refused to budge. Russia is the biggest country in the world; similarly big are its cities and road networks especially in the capital. Which naturally meant that the number of cars both ways appeared like a concurrent automotive flood which preferred to move slowly than to splash by. All this tension and palpitation was because of the fact that we had to arrive at the pier by 8pm sharp, otherwise the cruise would have left with other guests. The very thought of seeing the cruise departing from the pier leaving behind the white foamy water engulfed any joy or excitement with frustration and anxiety. We kept calling the Cruise Management to hang in there just for some precious few minutes as our Russian taxi driver did his best to manoeuvre and deliver us in front of the entrance of the Radisson just in the nick of time. He did get his due tip and we ran, we jumped on board the ship and it said goodbye to its pier princess not willing to wait for any late comers or ‘those stuck in traffic jams’.
Moscow evening delights One of the many bridges over Moskva
One of the towers of the Red Square
The Churches inside the Kremlin
The Radisson Flotilla with its flag
Christ the Saviour at night Peter the Great
Amazing interior, merry making diners and the unfurling Moscow monuments through the see through windows and sun-roof. We settled down inside gasping our breathe reflecting on the fast and furious ride where every second was counted and every turn mattered. We being we, took very little time to regroup ourselves to brave the cold and drizzle outside and get into capturing the beauty and pride of the Moscow capital dans la noir.
When you pose on the river Moskva, you don’t pose any threat to Moscow women
You look wonderful tonight
What is the whisper going on?
The dinner cruise was for 2 hours only so we had to calculate in our minds quickly how long to sit idle, how long to order and eat dinner and for how long to go up the deck to enjoy the views at night time. We were approached at the right time by the resident photographer lady who offered us to capture our moments of celebration through her professional lenses. We duly obliged and ascended on the deck to lock some amazing moments of joy, love, wisdom, goodness and happiness as Tanuree became a year wiser and as we posed in front of someone else’s lenses.
Dinner onboard Gluten free brown and white Bread Chicken cutlets with creamy potato sauce Duck boullion with crispy dumplings Borsch with veal breast in deep pan Beef medallions with baked potatoes and balsamic sauce Gilt-head Bream backed in wood stove served with grilled vegetables (Eggplant, Zucchini and Belle pepper) Fresh fish, grilled to your choice Panna cotta with wild berry sauce Tiramisu
While we committed to our postures and gestures, the sodium-lit monuments of Moscow kept on brandishing their nocturnal aura – the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Kremlin, Peter the Great, St. Basil’s Cathedral – all came one after another with an abundance of Russian personality. It was indeed a different experience to see the monuments from the river which confirmed the existence of Moskva as the very lifeline of the Russian capital. We didn’t let go of this opportunity to be photographed with these gorgeous monuments on the backdrop as we sailed away our worn out worries of yesteryears and welcomed the waves to take us to new shores, especially on the new year of life for Tanusree.
The backdrop doing justice to the sparkly dress
I wish I could be with ….Putin?? The whole world and the cruise are inclined towards the beauty
How you say in Russian that you look beautiful?
We did return to our table eventually to enjoy the warm Russian dinner delights. Every good thing comes to an end, and a birthday comes to an end even more quickly – as if its so shy to reveal the age that it wants to rotate the clock faster. Our cruise came to a happy end while the ship decked back at the Radisson Pier. Once we disembarked, we thought out of complete impulse, to check out the Mercedes bar, situated at the very top floor of the Radisson Hotel Moscow. A few celebratory cocktails, some nocturnal views of Moscow amidst a gentle drizzle. While we relaxed in the taxi returning and counting the street lamps at night, we realised that it was a birthday dinner cruise along the river Moskva, with a perfect melange in the backdrop of illuminated landmarks of the Soviet era and the newness of the modern Russia – welcome to the new year of life – dancing away.
Good to know:
- We recommend you book yourself well in advance. To book your two-hour excursion with Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow, visit Radisson Royal Flotilla or, simply call/ email them at the following:
Tel: +7 (495) 228 5555
They response pretty promptly. You may also hire any yacht for private parties, weddings and other events.
2. Why not contact Mariya Yasupova from MyLifestory and allow her to shoot this unique experience of your life. She is available at +79295014380 or you can find her Instagram account by the name M.Y. Lifestory. You will cherish these photos for a long time, we promise.
(Disclaimer: Photos used in this post are partly shot by team OneTimeFashionista and partly by the in-house Photographer Mariya. It is pretty easy to recognise the ones shot by us as they are copyrighted.)
Share a snap with us, if you decide to be a part of this memorable and unique Moscow experience to navigate past some of the most significant and beautiful architecture that Russia has to offer.
What Were We Wearing?
Glittery sequins dress and matchy NAILIPS are the double sparkles every birthday girl deserves to don
She who leaves a trail of sparkle is never forgotten