We went to Moscow for a visit in September 2008. The weather was cold and rainy but I think it was the best season before it starts snowing. The trip to the hotel Sheraton took one hour from the air port. Traffic was very congested. Once we reached the Hotel we could speak English and communicate with the staff. The redsquare was forty five minute straight walk from the hotel. Once we reached, it was a fantastic view and crowded with visitors. In the olden days the square was called Market square where they sold meat and vegetables. Since it was next to the Kremlin, it was decided to move the market indoors for all seasons and built the department store called GUMPS on one side of the square in 1850s. The name was changed to RED SQUARE and was painted bright red. Currently the square is used for major parades. Surrounding the square are located a number of churches of different denominations colorfully painted. In the front of the square is an underground mall. We took a guided tour of the city, went to a New Russian circus and feasted our eyes with different views. The University of Moscow is built in seven buildings called seven sisters. We went to the University campus and witnessed several weddings. We were informed that in Moscow the government encourages the youngsters to marry and have children. Russia is experiencing a population decline. Moscow is a very big city and wide roads .