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Art Gallery Stroll and Bookstore Browsing

Duration: 6 hours
Budget: $75

Embark on an artsy and intellectually stimulating journey for a date. This day includes exploring splendid art galleries where you'll delve into the rich cultural history of Moscow, followed by a relaxed session of book browsing at charming local bookstores. The quiet atmosphere, coupled with beautiful works of art and a treasure trove of literature, makes this date perfect for intellectual couples who take pleasure in the quieter and mindful side of life.

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  • Begin your date at the majestic State Tretyakov Gallery, where you'd get to view the world's most comprehensive collection of Russian fine art. After satisfying your visual senses, take a leisurely lunch discussing your favorite pieces.
  • Following your cultural immersion, head over to one of Moscow's most renowned book stores, Dom Knigi. Indulge in a quiet time of book browsing, a pure treat for the bibliophiles at heart. Pick out books for each other and share your reasons. It acts as a lovely way of understanding each other better.
  • End the day with a peaceful stroll down the Arbat Street, hand in hand, lost in conversations about what you've seen and learned during the day. An intellectual date does not get any better!

Preparation steps:

  • Start by checking the opening hours and any special exhibitions at the State Tretyakov Gallery. Look to reserve tickets online to avoid long queues. Wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking involved. If you do not read Russian, you might want to bring your own reading glasses for English translations in galleries.
  • At the bookstore, prepare a list of books you've been wanting to read or authors you adore. It can be a fun activity to find these books together. It would also be nice to prepare some questions for each other about books or make a mini game out of it to keep your bookstore visit interactive and engaging.
  • Make sure you familiarise yourself with the Arbat Street to enjoy your stroll without worrying about directions or notable stops.

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Some tips:

  • Start your date early so you have ample time to appreciate the art in the gallery. Galleries can often be overwhelming, so make sure you take regular breaks.
  • It's okay to have differing opinions about art or books. In fact, these differences can make your conversations more interesting. Respect each other's point of view and keep the discussion light-hearted.
  • Arbat street is rich with local artists and eateries. Enjoy a local meal or buy a small artistic souvenir as a remembrance of your date. Also, wear appropriate clothing according to the weather.

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