Tsaritsyno, Catherine the Greats’ Park in Moscow

Tsaritsyno, Catherine the Greats’ Park in Moscow

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 … Continue reading Tsaritsyno, Catherine the Greats’ Park in Moscow

Russia Winter

Weekly photo challenge: Transformation through Seasons

It is true that Nature is notoriously inconstant and often comes to mind when I hear the word transformation. The transformation of Nature through the seasons in Russia is marked quite drastically and each has its own magic. Seasonal change is, on the surface, marked by loss: the fall of spent flower blossoms in summer, the loss of leaves from trees in autumn, the final … Continue reading Weekly photo challenge: Transformation through Seasons

Tulips in Moscow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary Tulips in Moscow

Winters in Moscow are harsh and very long, but knowing that they are only temporary makes them bearable. You know Winter is over as soon as the first tulips start appearing all over the city. I love how the city explodes in colour after the long cold winter! All the parks and flower beds all over the city is covered in bright tulips come spring … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary Tulips in Moscow

Donskoy Cemetary

Wordless Wednesday: Donskoy Cemetary

When burials in central Moscow were banned after the 1771 plague, the Donskoy Monastery became a graveyard for the nobility, and it is littered with elaborate tombs and chapels.   Seven Orthodox cemeteries were established around the city, and the Donskoy Cemetery became the most prestigious. Among the great families that began to use the cemetery were the princes Golitsyn and Zubov, who built private … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: Donskoy Cemetary

Donskoy Monastery.

Wordless Wednesday: Moscow Monastery

One of my favourite Monasteries to spend summer afternoons at was the Donskoy Monastery. It is Moscow‘s youngest and was founded in 1591 as the home of the Virgin of the Don icon. Most of the monastery, surrounded by a brick wall with 12 towers, was built between 1684 and 1733 under Regent Sofia and Peter the Great. Published as part of Wordless Wednesday Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: Moscow Monastery

Monasteries and Churches of Moscow

Monasteries and Churches of Moscow

Moscow is a city that draws in flocks of visitors each year with its culture, its history, and its beauty. The best of Moscow‘s beauty can be seen in the stunning churches and graceful cathedrals that are dotted among modern skyscrapers and apartment blocks in the city’s iconic skyline. There are so many different churches in Moscow that you could visit one each day and not … Continue reading Monasteries and Churches of Moscow

Kazan Cathedral

Throwback Thursday: Cathedrals of the Red Square

As you enter the Red Square and just before you walk through the Resurrection Gate there is this super tiny Iberian Chapel. The Iberian Chapel is a tiny little chapel, no bigger than a small room where royalty used to pray before entering through the gate. It was locked and I dont know if it is open to the public at any time. As I entered … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Cathedrals of the Red Square

Throwback Thursday: Moscow’s Koskovo Estate in autumn

I thought I would go for a nice relaxing walk all the way to Koskovo Estate at the beginning of autumn in September. I checked the route on a map and it looked like it would take me about 20 minutes at most to get there from the metro station. But the walk took a considerable bit longer than expected. I arrived at the estate … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Moscow’s Koskovo Estate in autumn

Red State History Museum

Throwback Thursday: Moscow’s RED State History Museum

 April in Moscow, and probably the whole of Russia is still wet and cold, with no sign of spring. My friends and I needed an activity away from the cold so decided to visit the RED State Historical Museum of Moscow. On the way to the museum my umbrella broke in the strong wind,which was probably inevitable as my umbrella was a couple of years old. … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Moscow’s RED State History Museum

wooden faces all over Woodstock

Wooden faces found all over Woodstock

These wooden faces all over Woodstock are actually done by kids from Woodstock it self. They’re hoping to be famous artists one day, and are getting exposure by attaching their artwork on walls and doors. They find the wood in the streets and use that in their artwork. Their art work pieces are quite unique and bring a bit of colour into the area. Continue reading Wooden faces found all over Woodstock

Throwback Thursday: Inside the Secretive Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin is a symbol of the Russian State and probably known as one of the most secretive places ever! This beautiful building is one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world, and I got the chance to walk around inside these red walls! After moving to Moscow I couldn’t wait to explore the wonders of the Kremlin, to see this place that I have heard … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Inside the Secretive Kremlin

The Socialist sculpture park.

Throwback Thursday: The Socialist Sculpture Park in Moscow

I explored the Tretyakov gallery area a couple of times during the first sunny weeks of May 2012. It was lovely just getting out of the small flat  after the long harsh winter, and spending some time outside in the sunshine. As I walked through the numerous side streets of this district I eventually reached the Moscow River. The whole of Moscow is filled with countless … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The Socialist Sculpture Park in Moscow

Tulips, Pigeon poop, Water and Church Bells.

Kolomenskoye is one of tMoscows most beautiful parks. Especially in spring when it is covered in colourful tulips. The park is only a short metro ride from the center of the city, but once you are here you forget that you are surrounded by high rise buildings and only a stones throw away from Moscows industrial area. As I walked from the metro station at Kolomenskoye I thought … Continue reading Tulips, Pigeon poop, Water and Church Bells.

The foreigner tries ice-skating in Russia

When my Russian friends Alexander and Anastasia heard that I have never actually ice-skated before, they took it upon themselves to teach me. They picked me up early one Saturday morning and we headed out to their weekend house ( Datcha) just outside of Moscow close to a small town named Shishken. Their weekend house looks like a log cabin out of a movie. It is situated right … Continue reading The foreigner tries ice-skating in Russia

Throwback Thursday: The Amazing Saint Basil’s Cathedral!!

The first week I was in Moscow I couldnt wait to explore the iconic Red square and my wanderings took me into St Basils Cathedral with its ice-cream coloured onion domes. This Cathedral represents Moscow on so many postcards and photos that it has become one of the first things people think of when Moscow is mentioned. This beautiful and very colourful Cathedral was erected over the … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The Amazing Saint Basil’s Cathedral!!

My struggle for my first cup of coffee in Moscow

My Russian adventure officially started September 2010! The unknown, the secretiveness of Moscow acted like a magnet for me. Since I can remember I have always been interested in finding out what actually goes on behind the “iron curtain”. I grabbed at the chance to work and live in Moscow and couldn’t wait to start my adventure. Although I was already scared of the cold winters that I … Continue reading My struggle for my first cup of coffee in Moscow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime in Snow covered Moscow!!

Winter in Moscow is truly beautiful especially when everything is covered in snow.  I just love walking around the neighborhood late at night when everybody is wrapped up warmly in their apartments and the streets are quite deserted. During winter I suffered from insomnia and sitting still inside my little apartment was not an option. So I wrapped up warm and went for walks in the snow covered … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime in Snow covered Moscow!!

Russia Winter

Writing 101: A Room with a View of Snow

If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now? The spaces we inhabit have an influence on our mood, our behavior, and even the way we move and interact with others.  The seasons in Russia change drastically and each has its own magic. But winter will always hold a very special place in my heart. Moscow was … Continue reading Writing 101: A Room with a View of Snow

Standing on the Red Square, a dream come true!

I couldn’t wait to go and stand on the Red Square; this has always been one of my dreams. I couldn’t believe I was about to realize this dream.   When I got out of the metro I was greeted by loads of Russian souvenir stalls lining the way to the gates. I loved walking through them, having a look at all the brightly coloured … Continue reading Standing on the Red Square, a dream come true!

Moscow, Russia

My penguin shuffle through Moscow’s snow covered streets

My first winter here in Moscow was a huge shock to my system. As I grew up in sunny South-Africa I have never experienced cold like this before and was definitely not prepared. When the cold of October arrived my co-workers asked me if I have enough warm clothes for the coming winter, I told them I was ready for winter and pointed out that … Continue reading My penguin shuffle through Moscow’s snow covered streets

From Fur Hats to Hand Painted Chess sets at Izmaylovo Russian market

Izmaylovo market in the East of Moscow with its huge collection of souvenirs and Russian memorabilia is a must on a weekend! I have spent many weekends walking around here and exploring every nook and cranny of the market and its surrounding area. It is located near Izmaylovsky Park which is another lovely place to explore. When I got off at Patrizanskaya metro station it … Continue reading From Fur Hats to Hand Painted Chess sets at Izmaylovo Russian market

Moscow’s fabulous Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

I walked along the river from the Kremlin and was greeted by one of the most imposing and controversial buildings in Russia, the resurrected Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.   It was originally commissioned after the defeat of Napoleon and construction began in 1839. Unfortunately it was singled out by the Soviet government for destruction and, in 1931, blown to pieces to make way for … Continue reading Moscow’s fabulous Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

My crazy Russian Neighbour in Moscow!

At first when I moved to Moscow I lived alone in my old Soviet flat for 3 weeks before I eventually got a flat mate. I was busy settling in, getting to know the area and spent a lot of evenings at home watching a bit of TV and studying some Russian after walking around the neighbourhood. Most nights I went to bet quite late … Continue reading My crazy Russian Neighbour in Moscow!

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Goat in a Coat in Moscow

This week the photo challenge is to focus on one thing. Here is definitely one thing that fascinated me while living in Moscow.  On my way to work I would often pass by this old man with his goat in a coat. He would usually be standing close to the metro collecting money for his goat come sunshine, rain or snow. Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: One Goat in a Coat in Moscow