Moscow Autumn Sunset Over City Edge
I visited a friend working at the massive ‘Southern Gate’ trading complex at the edge of Moscow this past weekend and took a few photos of the sun setting over this busy part of the city.
Southern Gate itself is worth a photo blog. The trading complex has 3,000 trading stands and, based on my very short visit, looks like a real Asian melting pot. I met Afghanis, Chinese and Uzbeks and saw what appeared to be an Indian man exiting the store.
The food shops at the trading complex reflect this Asian component with Central Asian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Turkish restaurants. The trading complex offers all sorts of clothing and items like lights, batteries, ornaments, ect.
The Southern Gate borders the Moscow River on one side and the 10-lane Moscow Automobile Ring Road (known as MKAD in Russian) on another side. The MKAD can stand still with traffic on the weekend, as I saw this weekend.
Massive Power Plant Complex
A set of about 8 old thermal power plants rise up in the distance on the other side of the MKAD, throwing visible steam in the air on cold days, creating a jaw-dropping effect in my view (at least for foreigners not used to seeing such plants at home).
Moscow’s wide expanses and massive housing complexes run the expanse of the horizon when you look north, easily confirming its Europe’s largest city….by a wide mark.
A small bridge crosses the Moscow River and I climbed up to take some photos of the housing complexes, MKAD and power plants, which was awash in a golden color during the sunset.