Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Not Your Everyday Traffic Jam...


Last week I got stuck... for over an hour... on the road along the eastern embankment of the Moscow River. It was raining, cold and very grey, a rather yucky day... But these pastel buildings that line the road are always pretty to look at!


Then, all of the sudden, the following sites appeared to my left: 


The Kremlin is so pretty... I love the contrast of the red brick walls & towers and the white & gold churches...


Meanwhile, to my right I spotted this gem of a church through a dark doorway.


I looked back and could see more of the Kremlin... And little by little I could make out the red and white dome of what was up ahead:


I got stuck for about ten minutes directly across from Saint Basil's. And I didn't really mind!


If only most Moscow traffic jams were as pretty...

8 comments:

Tina in CT said...

I'll never forget the feeling I had when I stood in Red Square looking at the Kremlin and St. Basile's.

The Expatresse said...

It IS cool.

Annie said...

Lucky you.

Anonymous said...

I love this post. Such beautiful sights. Really captures the love/hate relationship I developed with the place. You don't know me, but I have been following your blog for about 6 months and love it. I came to it via Julianne. We adopted two children from Russia and made five trips there over a period of 21 months. Couldn't wait to leave while there but now have such fond memories. For our daughter's adoption we had to travel to the suburb of Lubertsy each day and were stuck in horrendous traffic. I will never again complain about traffic here.
Tina, I agree with you completely from the first time I saw Red Square it had a magical/mystical hold over me and remains one of the most special places I have visited. I especially liked it early in the morning when not many people were out and also on very snowy days with the snow crunching under foot and the wind blowing through the square.

Keep up the blog, I love living vicariously through it and hearing all the silly culture differences.

Hilary

Anonymous said...

Great pictures!
Last time I was in Moscow 30 years ago it was -40 to -46C, really cold, and we were getting our visas from USSR. But Moscow still looked wonderful.
My mother, who was born and grew up in Moscow, told me a story about Red Square and the Clock on Spasskaya Bashnya. The bells of this clock used to be translated on radio to mark the time. At the New Year eve at midnight they will ring in every house in USSR. My mother said that when were kids they will run to Red Square and yell their messages toward the Spasskaya Bashnya hoping the the whole world will hear them.
Olga

Debi said...

I soo miss Moscow...and all the site...we stayed in an apartment across the street from Red Square with that vision everynight before we fell asleep...it is an amazing memory..thanks for the cool rewind.

thecheekofgod said...

Sheesh. I wish my traffic jams were even a fraction of this kind of gorgeous.

My family drove through New York on our way to Boston once, hit a huge traffic snag, and all I could see what the enormous semi in front of me. Very tiring . . .

garnet said...

Lucky you. Not being in a traffic jam of course, but if one must, getting to see those sights. We got stuck in rush hour on our way home today and all there was was ugly city. And then it got dark which is on the scary side. Some of our staff, on the way back from a school field trip last weekend, saw one of the popular forms of public transportation run into a pedestrian and send them flying and instantly a mob form and attacked the vehicle, dragged out the conductor, and began to beat him up. They were punching out windows and just going crazy.