The Golden Ring Part 1: Vladimir and Suzdal

At varying distances of between 2 to 5 hours drive north east of Moscow are a collection of small towns known as The Golden Ring. These towns date from the early 12C and contain some of the oldest and most beautiful early Kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals, and churches with their prominent onion domes. They are considered… Continue reading The Golden Ring Part 1: Vladimir and Suzdal

‘All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, I’ve been for a walk on a winters day….’ (Gorky Park part 2)

Firstly, if I had realised that there was going to be a part 2, I would have given you advanced warning by naming the earlier blog Gorky Park part 1. But I had no idea that this park could give me so much to write about! The other day I discovered a forest in the… Continue reading ‘All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, I’ve been for a walk on a winters day….’ (Gorky Park part 2)

Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces (Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ)

Yesterday I went to see the most extraordinary church that I have ever seen – and I have seen quite a few. This snappily named cathedral took just two years to build and was consecrated on 14 June 2020 and officially opened a week later. The Cathedral and the adjacent museum were built in Patriot… Continue reading Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces (Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ)

‘This week I followed the Moskva, down to Gorky Park…’

When I first arrived in Moscow I knew Gorky Park was famous but didn’t really know why. Turns out, it’s about 100 years old; created in 1923 on 300 acres of wasteland, begun as an exhibition space and then quickly evolved to become an amusement park full of cheap and tacky rides. It was named… Continue reading ‘This week I followed the Moskva, down to Gorky Park…’