Old Riga

This is the slowest but by far the most relaxed and picturesque way to make it from Moscow to Staritsa. If going in my official capacity, with travellers, I suggest leaving Moscow via Kutuzovsky and then Rublevskoye.  Highlights of this route are the Automotive Museum near Krasnogorsk (but you can also get there from New Riga), the Tanks Museum in Lenino, and then Volokolamsk. If you are sick from Moscow, taking the Old Riga is the fastest way to end up in the “real” countryside. You may see your first goat and your first proper babushka (headscarf, valenki and all the works) within an hour of leaving Moscow, and your first cow within shortly afterwords.

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