MOSCOW HIDDEN GEMS: MY HOME – RUSSIA

Have you ever wondered how people in the USSR REALLY lived? The daily reality of an average Soviet person was equally removed from the extremes of the ebullient propaganda posters and grim tales of totalitarian oppression. And you can take a trip back in time and into the homes of “ordinary Soviet people” thanks to…

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…

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…

MOSCOW: A PERFECT SUMMER DAY

My awesome Crimean vacation had to end some time and then it was back to work — and back to Moscow.  Contrary to popular assumptions about the discomforts of spending the summer in the city, there are some unexpected opportunities to be found in this experience, especially in Moscow. Last month I wrote about how…

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…