Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Autumn In Russia 2006

  • Moscow
In the last decade Moscow has received a major uplift. All historical buildings have been restored or even rebuilt in place of ugly 70-s structures, asphalt walkways are being replaced with paving-stone, the city is full of neat restaurants and cafés catering to all tastes and budgets.

  • Night Moscow

Click to open the photo albumMoscow at night, all lit-up and fancy, is quite a marvel. All the oil and gas mega-billions pumped out of the whole country of Russia transit its capital city on the way to Western banks, not without leaving a mark of vapid self-congratulatory consumerism and sheer opulence of new construction and restoration projects.


  • Kursk

Click to open the photo albumAn old industrial city amidst Russia's fertile Black-Soil Belt, it is situated on the very edge of the original agricultural area bordering the nomadic steppes, and until the 16th century was a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

  • Countryside

Click to open the photo albumWhat is better for a jaded city dweller than a getaway to the quiet pleasures of the countryside: forest walks, sunset-watching, mushroom-picking, gardening, barbecuing and all imaginable types of gluttony.

  • Korennaya Pustyn'

Click to open the photo albumThe Hermitage of Theotokos of Kursk, Found Among the Roots is the somewhat cumbersome literal translation of the name of this great Russian monastery. A big part of its fame it owes to one of Russia' most famous saints: Seraphim of Sarov as well as the fact that it used to host one of the largest fairs in Imperial Russia.

Right nearby the monastery is the fortified bunker from whence Marshal Zhukov commanded over the largest tank battle in history: over 2 million infantry, 6,300 tanks and 4,400 aircraft involved on both sides.

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