MOSCOW WALKS: KOLOMENSKOYE & BOTANICAL GARDENS in Early Spring

March 8th is the International Women’s Day. In Russia it is also an unofficial start of Spring. The reason for this association is probably the custom of giving flowers to all the women in one’s life – family, romantic, platonic, professional. The resulting abundance of blooms everywhere screams “Spring Is in the Air!”

In reality, March 8th is still the dead of winter in Russia. Tired of being cooped up in my room/my office for weeks due to “bad weather,” I ventured out to my favorite Moscow park, Kolomenskoye. Behold, Springtime in Moscow:Moscow Kolomenskoye 4

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Moscow Kolomenskoye 16I fared a little better the following weeks, when I visited the sprawling park that is part of the Moscow Botanical Gardens. It was still just as cold and snow-covered, mind you, but the sun was out, making everything that much cheerier:Moscow Botanical Gardens 1

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Moscow Botanical Gardens 10Moscow Botanical Gardens 9 Moscow Botanical Gardens 11 Moscow Botanical Gardens 12 Moscow Botanical Gardens 13 Moscow Botanical Gardens 17 Moscow Botanical Gardens 14 Moscow Botanical Gardens 18 Moscow Botanical Gardens 20 Moscow Botanical Gardens 19Bottom line: March might not be the best time for nature walks in and around Moscow. If you go (and I always will, because I believe a good walk cures  many ills), be prepared for freezing rain mixed with snow, roads covered simultaneously with puddles and sheets of ice, and any kind of temperature from -15C to +15C. Who’s with me?

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17 thoughts on “MOSCOW WALKS: KOLOMENSKOYE & BOTANICAL GARDENS in Early Spring

  1. We had snow in March here in Missouri as well. It was a drawn out winter. Now we are in full bloom! Everything is deep and luscious green.

    We didn’t have the frozen ponds though.

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