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ANNA AND ANNIE DO ANTWERP

My Belgian adventure continues… I think it is safe to say that almost as soon as Amazing Annie and I met up in Brussels, we knew that one evening in each other’s company just wasn’t going to cut it. Thankfully, with my work commitments all wrapped up, I had a Weekend in Europe coming up…

Marshmallows in Galeries du Roi

THE HIDDEN BRIGHTNESS OF BRUSSELS

It is true that with its mostly limestone-gray Gothic exteriors of the old town and limestone-beige Neo-Classical architecture of the last two centuries Brussels is architecturally more somber and buttoned-up than a lot of it European neighbors. But take some time to hang around it and you will discover a million ways that the city…

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BRUSSELS REVISITED

“Brussels? Really?” is the kind of skeptical response I usually get when listing Belgium’s capital as one of my favorite European cities. I am not sure what people’s beef is with Brussels, but I was charmed by it on my very first visit more than a decade ago, adored it through the subsequent Christmas season,…

Ashberry berries and Russian golden autumn

FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN

Today seemed like the first real day of autumn in Moscow. It wasn’t September 1st, when fall officially kicks off in Russia, and every person from the age of 6 to 21 suddenly reappears on the city streets after three months at the dacha. It wasn’t September 20-something, when the sun decides to do its…

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MARCH OF PEACE

No real comment, just a photo report from the demonstration against Russia’s involvement in Ukraine that took place in Moscow today. Around 25,000 are estimated to have showed up. As far as I know there were no major incidents or provocations from anyone (yay!), there was lots of blue and gold combo (colors of the…

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SEEING SPOTS (It’s a Zoo – Summer Edition)

So, the last time I illustrated the Russians’ love of leopard-print clothing, this blog doubled its daily site views record — and that new benchmark hasn’t been breached since.  Should we make a valiant attempt to set a new one? I even threw in some other animal prints, to mix it up a bit! This…

Moscow House of the Artist Sculpture Garden

FIVE WAYS TO DO ART IN MOSCOW

Clearly not satisfied with force-feeding you, dear readers, a monthly selection of Russian paintings, I have taken to sharing my art-loving ways on YELL.RU. So, if you are as much of an appreciator of pretty things as I am, and if you are ever in Moscow, read on to learn for ways to maximize and diversify your…