MOSCOW WALKS: OLD ARBAT AT NIGHT

For many Moscovites the Old Arbat street is imbued with an almost mythical aura and a heavy dose of nostalgia. One of the most famed Russian bards, Bulat Okudzhava, even sang “oh Arbat, my Arbat, you are my Fatherland…” It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact source of this reverence. Arbat’s history is very layered. In the…

On the Edge of My Seat at VDNKh

VDNKh is one of those Moscow places I do not particularly enjoy yet keep going back to over and over for various half-baked reasons. What is VDNKh? Good question. Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva, (Exhibition of Achievements of the People’s Economy) is Moscow’s enormous exhibition complex and is one of those grand Soviet relics that seems more like…

MOSCOW CHURCHES

Moscow has more than 300 churches. The oldest one still standing dates back to the early 1400s; the main cathedrals of the Kremlin are about 50 years younger. Those that survived 70 years of Communism, were rebuild afterward or created since represent seven centuries of ecclesiastic architecture. Of course the oldest churches have seen  several…

IZMAILOVO KREMLIN IN THE WINTER

Izmailovo Kremlin is an entertainment venue set in a whimsical fortress-palace. It hosts all sorts of museums — of history, art, vodka, bread, — restaurants, a tea house, a crafts market and a marriage chapel, of all things. Basically, it’s a whole lot of random fun (I know I am underselling it) under many brightly…

PASTEL RAINBOW OF VICTORY

Oh how I hate the Winter Gray of Moscow’s streets…. January frosts have come and gone, and suddenly Moscow’s temperatures are hovering at freezing point once again. The snow — which we didn’t get all that much to begin with, as the deep-freeze anticyclones are always light on precipitation of any kind — is melting away…