CHURCHES OF SUZDAL

Suzdal is famous for its churches. It is also famous for the sheer number of them – some 40 in a town of 10,000 folks. Back in the day Suzdal used to have one church for every 10 inhabitants!  I have no idea about the cause of this phenomenon; although Suzdal is a very old…

TALLINN: BITS AND BOBS AND A BEAUTIFUL PALACE

Here are some random interesting bits from Tallinn. A Tale of Two Churches The Soviet Union was not kind to organized religion of any stripe, and thousands of churches were outright destroyed or re-purposed for other needs of the people. Old Town Tallinn has two remarkable examples of ecclesiastic architecture with equally fascinating histories. The Russian…

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…

THE RITES OF SPRING

Spring has been slow to come to Moscow this year. In fact, most of March and the first half of April looked and felt like like preceding December and February (we got a couple of weeks of proper frosts and a dusting of snow in January): temperatures in single digits Celsius, grey skies, wilted green-ish…

(Letting go of) THE BEST LAID PLANS

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to plan, and the thing I love to plan above all is travel. Mapped out itineraries, color-coded Excel timetables, museum tickets purchased in advance – all this stuff gives me the special kind of tingles. So when an opportunity presented itself not just to go to Saint…