We love to go to the wooded park next to it in nicer weather to play on the playground, ride scooters on the paths and walk among the trees. (I highly recommend a visit to those of you in town to adopt! You can tour the grounds of the convent and then enjoy the park. It's easy to get to from any hotel within the city). Our friends Jeannie and Jerry loved this place, too; we can't go there without thinking of--and missing--them. (They've moved back to the USA and miss Moscow more than they'd ever imagined possible). Since I know that Jeannie is a faithful fan of this blog, here are a few of our favorite pictures from when we last played there together. (Can I get a comment, hint, hint?)
It's hard to believe that in other parts of the world, people are planning Easter Egg hunts in green lawns, hidden among daffodills, tulips and lillies... Last year we had strong snow flurries on Easter, too. This picture of the girls was taken right before the snow started--and just after Natalia got her face painted at the church brunch. I had them dressed optimistically in light coats... I'd gotten them when a fancy children's boutique was going out of business and they just had to wear them! (Rebecca--if you see this, you'll be getting them for your girls this summer! Sure, Talia could wear Katya's, but it would be a shame to break up such a cute set...)
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Novodevichy Convent Seen Through Flurries at Night (Sigh... Is it REALLY almost Easter?)
One of the benefits of driving around the city for Brownies meetings is the chance to take in some beautiful sights. (I took all the pictures near Krasnopresenskaya and Ostozhenka St. before our previous meeting). The Novodevichy Convent looked so enchanting tonight that the girls understood completely why I wanted to stop to take some pictures. I love that place; it is absolutely magnificent. Three years ago I bought delicate carved birch jewelry boxes from the nuns here to give as favors at my friend Melissa's baby shower; since Melissa is an ordained Episcopal priest, I thought they would have special meaning. (I had created a slideshow of tonight's pictures, but I couldn't get it to properly imbed in this entry. Sorry for the scrolling ahead).