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St. Patrick’s day parade in Cork 2012
The weather was remarkably good this morning. The sun was shining, loads of people went out on the streets dressed in green, there were children eveywhere waving Irish flags, farmer’s market was up and running on Grand parade. I just love St.Patrick’s day! [...]
Germany – Czech Republic car trip 2011
That was an incredible road trip. We got a car in Munich, went to Prague for 2 days, returned to Germany and drove round for 4 days, stayed in small hotels and tried local food on the way. We ended up in Prien am Chiemsee in the end. Read more for all posts and photos from that trip. [...]
Prague from the Petřín Lookout Tower
Petřín Tower is very compact, and it’s pretty easy to take the stairs to the top and back . If the weather is clear you can see the whole Prague underneath. And the view is definitely worth it. Petřín Tower is famous for it’s resemblance with the Eiffel Tower, but it definitely has it's own character. [...]
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I wanted to find photos of something warm and cozy when writing this post, but well… ) Autumn in Russia is warm enough. It was always my most favourite time of year, when trees turn red and yellow and some stay green, there are leaves on the grass everywhere. The winter is not there yet (cause you always know when it is there, not like in Ireland). Autumn in Russia is usually sunny, rarely rainy and overall – cozy. Dont know, maybe this is how I see it now, people tend to idealize things they had in the past, but I liked it.
I took those pictures when I was in Moscow last month, its still that exhibition area on the South of Moscow. The distances are huge there, if you look at the space between the pavilions – all Cork city center could fit in there) It was made for slow walks, bicycle rides. I bought my first roller blades there and tried them out in the same time. Good times)
This is the Ferris wheel that I took these pictures from.
It’s very interesting, that Soviet times have this golden-marble-cold-war-KGB reputation in Europe. I blame James Bond movies for that, but there must be another reason. But what else?..
Even though I wasn’t really an adult back then, I just can’t idealize those times. I remember gold and marble, red flags and parades, but I also remember endless queues in the stores, same clothes everywhere, same groceries if there were any at all. I can be nostalgic about events of my life back then, but not about the times overall.
Getting to the point here. This is the All-Russian-Exhibition center that I already showed a bit from the Ferris wheel. Now this is something that presents that Soviet chic in all it’s glory. I loved to walk there, but well, places like this advertise Soviet glory more than anything.
Each pavilion represented one of the friendly republics or countries, and they were used to show and sell the local goods. Right now the themes are mixed, you can still see that pavilions were used for something else not that long ago, but right now you can buy medical supplies, electronics, musical instruments there and much more.
It’s like a paradise for the nostalgic person – old marble pavilions, some of them are abandoned and forgotten, some of them have been reconstructed and are shining with all the glory of the golden statues. You can buy Soviet doughnuts there and “shahlyk” (barbecued meat) right on the streets. It’s a great place for a walk, a bit misleading, but still great.
We were returning back home at around 11 in the evening, and this is what we found. Moscow has three ring roads, this one was once the border of the city and was supposed to serve as a fast track. There have always been traffic jams, but not that late in the evening. We even stopped and I tried to take a picture of it, you can see, that there are cars driving slowly both ways to the horizon.
In Soviet times there were no other doughnuts. Only these ones, very thick, deep-fried in oil as a circle sprinkled with sugar powder. In the last 20 years there are more American (?) than Russian doughnuts in Russia – this filled pastry, baked not deep-fried, with some sugar coating on top. But on that exhibition area, ВДНХ, you can buy that old doughnuts, actually that was the reason we went there. They are even called “That doughnuts” to show that they sell good old Soviet stuff )
Ok, I’m back ) Spent 8 days in Moscow and looks like I survived it!
In the first 3 days I had some free time and could drive around, do some shopping and see Moscow from the tourist perspective, which was interesting. In the last 4 days I was working on Igromir, it’s a Russian game convention, and the experience there was very awesome, a lot of surprises though, but I returned back tired and happy)
So, back to today’s pictures. In the first day in Moscow we went to the “All-Russian exhibition center” how it’s called in English, ВДНХ in Russian. It’s a huge exhibition area in this Soviet Union style – golden statues of workers and peasants holding rye and sickles, fountains, huge marble buildings with Soviet emblems on top. This area must attract a lot of tourists, but it’s located too far from the city center. In Soviet times each pavilion there was dedicated to one country of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and to some friendly countries like. In old times representatives from those countries showed and sold local goods in these pavilions.
Right now there is no real distinction by countries inside the pavilions, but still they carry the names of old republics. In that area it’s best to buy medical goods, handcraft stuff like bead or textiles, honey and the most tasty Russian doughnuts in the world )
Also there is an amusement park and we couldn’t resist the 75-meter Ferris wheel since the weather was so good. We took the open cabin and omg I didn’ know it would be that scary ) But I looked mostly through the camera and survived )