Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Victory Day, One Day Early

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The flowers in the Alexandrovsky Gardens outside of the Kremlin are BEAUTIFUL this year. The gardens have been closed all week so that they'll be spotless during the May 9th festivities. Dignitaries from all over the world will be there for the huge parade that ends at Red Square.

I'll do a post about Victory Day when I get back; right now, though, I'm hurrying to get out the door with the girls for a day and a half outside of the city. In the meantime, here's a link to last year's post on Victory Day when Rachael, Cecelia, Jack and Katya from came to visit us last year for the holiday!

Before I leave, however, here are some more pictures of the gardens. Every walkway has been swept, ever single blade of grass is trimmed just right!

The rows of flowers are arranged to look like a St. George ribbon, the ubiquitous symbol of respect for those who fought in Word War II (or The Great Patriotic War, as Russians call it).
You can read more about the ribbon here. Russians are REALLY into growing flowers to look like pictures.

This year the tulips are GORGEOUS!

It's too bad that only the groundskeepers and soldiers got to enjoy the garden this week!


Tina in CT said...

From your pictures, the gardens look even more beautiful than last year. Just gorgeous. How did you get so close if people aren't allowed in yet?

Glad you and the girls went to join the K's.

Tina in CT said...

You forgot to put in your blog that I was there too visiting with Cecelia, Rachael, Katya and Jack for Victory Day.

I'll never forget the crowds leaving Victory Park after the fireworks. I've never been in such a crowd and hopefully won't be again. I was so afraid Chris and I would be separated from one of the girls on our way to the car.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful gardens!

katbat said...

nice pictures! we are going to head over to tverskaya later this evening to check out what is going on. Enjoy your time out of the city!

Rachael said...

Gorgeous! Wish I was there to see it in person!

Yulia said...

A little clarification.

The Great Patriotic War and WW2 is not the same (it's not about us calling it differently). WW2 is 1939-1945, the former, though, broke out in 1941 up till 1945. It was part of WW2 as the hostilities continued well into our territory, and ended marking the end of the whole world war.

Chris said...

Thanks for the great pictures! Beautiful flowers!

Thanks also for all the websites you've posted on learning Russian!! They will be a great help. I always have the hardest part with the pronunciation so audio helps.