I think there is no better way to spend your summer mornings in Moscow than walking around and enjoying the sunshine and the many parks it has to offer. The parks were all filled with brightly coloured flowers and loads of people out to soak up the sunshine.

As I entered the park the smell of flowers and the sound of the big water fountains gave it an eerily tranquil feel even though the park was filled with people.

As I entered the park the smell of flowers and the sound of the big water fountains gave it an eerily tranquil feel even though the park was filled with people.

The huge fountain found near the entrance of the park

In 1775, the estate was bought by Empress Catherine the Great, and named Tsaritsyno, which means “Tsarina’s” (Queens). In 1776-85 architect Vasili Bazhenov built a new palace for the Empress here, but in 1786 Catherine ordered it to be partly pulled down.

Until 1797 architect Matvey Kazakov was working on the construction, but the palace remained unfinished. The palace was then left in ruins but restored in 1984 and is now a very popular tourist attraction.

Tsaritsyno, Catherine the Greats’ Park in Moscow

Standing in front of the Grand Palace

As we crossed the bridge and walked through a beautiful archway to enter the palace grounds there was a tiny blue church. The little church was quite plain on the outside but true to Russia it was filled with gold and icons on the inside.

Tsaritsyno Park and Estate is located in the South-East of Moscow and I couldn’t believe we were still in the city after we entered the park. It was quiet and peaceful, a quiet haven away from the busy city. While I can’t say much about that neighborhood, the park itself is a real beauty with a rich historic legacy. I would advise packing a picknic as walking through the Palace grounds can take quite a while and the park is a beautiful place to spend a whole day.

We had a stroll through the huge park, all around the lake and then sat down on a lovely grassy spot for the afternoon. We had packed a picnic and enjoyed the sunny day by having some Russian vodka and blowing bubbles!

I just love watching and feeding squirrels. But I am always a bit scared to get too close, what if it actually bites?

  Published as part of Throwback Thursday. It is a weekly reminiscent movement where you re-post past events or photos. They can be from years ago or from just a few days ago. Its a great way to look back fondly on some of your favorite memories……