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Moscow Scenes


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In the 1950s, I wondered about the strange place called Moscow, Russia.
Life magazine showed picture of empty store windows, frumpy people dressed in cheap brown coats, and long military parades.

I was certainly surprised!
GUM department store looks like Beverly Hills or Venice.
At GUM

At GUM

I was told by people close to my age that Russia was "one long queue." But the younger people have no recollection of any lack of goods. They might not be able to afford half of what they see, but they have no concept of national shortages.

I assumed everyone drank vodka. I only met a handful of people who were even social drinkers. I could have thought I was still in a Muslim country - except that all the Orthodox churches are being renovated or rebuilt.
Monastery Colors

Monastery Colors


Lunch Break

Lunch Break


Church Dome and Clouds

Church Dome and Clouds


First View of St Basil Cathedral

First View of St Basil Cathedral

Relicary with Dustcloth

Relicary with Dustcloth

Cleaning Day in the Cathedral

Cleaning Day in the Cathedral


Point to ponder:
Are there more Orthodox churches in Russia or Catholic churches in Italy?
No need to wonder about this - which country has more people actually attend services: Italy, Russia, or the USA?

Red Square was closed off from visitors. They were setting up stages for Russia Day on June 12. All we could get was a glimpse from afar of Lenin's tomb. I think it was off limits to keep any demonstrations from happening. I was going to visit on June 12 to see what happened, but did not have time before my train left.
On the Edge of Red Square

On the Edge of Red Square

Executioner and Announcement on Red Square

Executioner and Announcement on Red Square

The Kremlin contains historical buildings within the original walls: the Armory Museum (fantastic displays) four churches, and former palaces used as current government buildings that are off limits to visitors.
Kremlin Wall

Kremlin Wall


Kremlin Tower

Kremlin Tower

Kremlin Contrast

Kremlin Contrast

Kremlin Cathedral

Kremlin Cathedral

In Line at the Kremlin

In Line at the Kremlin

As usual, one of my favorite places to visit was the cemetery.
Moscow Cemetary Typical View

Moscow Cemetary Typical View

Grave of Yeltsin

Grave of Yeltsin

Grave of Kruschev

Grave of Kruschev

In Moscow Cemetary

In Moscow Cemetary

You can see almost anything in Moscow - except a bunch of Communists skulking around looking dour.
Dostoevsky in the Rain

Dostoevsky in the Rain

MORE Weddings

MORE Weddings

Attention

Attention

Eternal Flame in the Rain

Eternal Flame in the Rain

Moscow's Boulder Mall

Moscow's Boulder Mall

Park Scene 2

Park Scene 2

Skateboarders

Skateboarders

Ski Jump on Campus

Ski Jump on Campus

Where Am I

Where Am I

Time to Go Please

Time to Go Please

Posted by pscotterly 23:14 Archived in Russia

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