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)
I will start with a caveat that this blog maybe of more interest to those readers living in Moscow than elsewhere, but I hope it will also be of interest and amusement to those further afield as well. Last weekend we thought that we would save a bit of money and, rather than flying off… Continue reading Moscow Staycation
The lovely Kolomenskoye Park, on the south side of Moscow, is currently hosting the annual Honey Fair (until the end of Oct). Inside an enormous yellow tent, next to the children’s funfair, there are row on row of stalls selling honey, honeycomb, wax, honey drink, and all things related. Beekeepers and traders come from all… Continue reading Ah, Honey Honey!
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)
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…’
After a semi-enforced 6 months away due to the pandemic I am now back in Moscow where it seems to be back to ‘business as usual’. I got an inkling of what to expect when checking in for my flight. Almost everyone at the airport was wearing a mask, as per the rules, except for… Continue reading COVID – WHAT COVID?
On Saturday we went on a trip out of town to the old Arkhangelskoye State Palace and Estate. A short 30 minute drive from Moscow (if you don’t miss your turning and then get stuck in traffic waiting for President Putin to drive by) it is a nice day out. From 1703 to 1810 the… Continue reading Arkhangelskoye Palace
This weekend my husband and I went away, as part of a group, to a recreational resort complex on the banks of the rivers Volga and Shosha. The complex, opened during the Soviet times and run by the ‘Ministry of Hospitality’ for the use of diplomats and other ‘foreign representations’, is about 2 hours from… Continue reading A weekend in Zavidovo
Recently I did a fascinating walking tour along Tverskaya street. Named Gorky Street in Soviet times, it has always been one of the most important streets in Moscow. Leading away from the Kremlin, it heads north-ish; first to the city of Tver (Moscow’s big rival in the Middle Ages) and then onto St Petersburg. In… Continue reading A stroll Along Tverskaya
On our second weekend living in Russia my husband had to go to St Petersburg for work. Naturally I went along too. We went by Sapsan, the high speed train between Moscow and St Pete’s. It takes 4 hours and ‘trundles’ along at speeds up to 220km/h. We travelled business class which included a surprisingly… Continue reading Train to St Petersburg