POINTS OF INTEREST
The large, redbrick compound on the island in the Moskva River across from the Kremlin was once one of the Soviet Union's beloved chocolate factories, Krasny Oktyabr, or Red October. Whiffs of sweet chocolate used to fill the air around the factory, and its chocolate bars were presented as gifts to visiting dignitaries to the Kremlin. Today the factory is closed, and the sprawling complex has been renovated to house several of Moscow's hippest restaurants and bars. It's worth strolling around the island and stopping in for a bite to eat or a drink.