The sun was truly shining for the first time in weeks and I had to take pictures. After a doctor's appointment (my pneumonia is clearing up well), I stopped at Starbucks on the Old Arbat and then walked down Gogolevsky Bulvar to the Kropotkinskaya metro. The busy street is divided with a pretty pedestrian path down the middle; that's where my pictures began.
If you open the slide show to see it in full view, you'll also see my photo captions. Here, however, is a quick synopsis:
- The monument of the soldier features horses swimming in water behind the boat. I forgot to write down the name of the war hero; sorry!
- Note the wooden playground equipment; it's full of splinters and in disrepair, but isn't it cute??
- The homes in this area are painted in such a variety of colors--and their trim is exquisite. Note all the moldings, carvings and contrast-color detailing. I think I'll do set of notecards featuring "windows of Moscow" for holiday gifts next year.
- In warmer weather this pedestrian path is packed with artists selling their paintings.
- You then approach the subway stop; these shops before it are relatively new and it's convenient! You can see the domes of Christ the Saviour Cathedral in the background.
- Then you see the cathedral. It was razed by Stalin the 1931 to make a statement about the role of religion in the USSR; the grounds then housed open-air swimming pools. The cathedral was rebuilt in the 1990's.
- The marble from the destroyed cathedral was used to build the Kropotkinskaya metro station.
- This intersection is always very busy; I'm not sure why traffic was so light that day!
- The statue is of Engels. The old red building behind him is from the 17th century; it belonged to Fedor Golovin.
- An Orthodox priest waits to buy ice cream. Russians eat more ice cream per capita than citizens of any other country--even during the cold winter months--and most people buy it from these outdoor kiosks.
- The apothecary is called "Dr. Hundred Years." Most Russian stores have a sign above their doors with a no-frills statement of what they sell, for example: "Shoes;" "Children's Clothing;" "Medical Textbooks;" "Food."