On my second trip to Moscow, I wanted to get outside of the city and see at least one of the famed Golden Ring towns, and since my time was a bit limited, the best choice seemed to be a day trip to the closest one, Sergiev Posad.
This is a small place about an hour’s bus ride north-east of Moscow and a trip there is worth it for the incredible monastery alone – the blue and gold domes and gold stars are classic architecture – and then the bonus is that you get to experience a bit of Russia outside of the bustling cities without having to go too far.
Everything in Sergiev Posad is within walking distance whether you arrive by bus or train, and you spot the famous Trinity Monastery of St Sergius easily with its domes. I did a lot of my souvenir shopping at the markets set up outside the monastery – it was a lot cheaper than Moscow and struck me as at least a little more authentic. I’ve yet to get to some of the other Golden Ring towns but as an introduction, Sergiev Posad was very enticing.