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Beautiful Stockholm

Stockholms strom, also known as Strommen, is a bay of the Baltic sea.

Kastellet is a small naval fort located on the top of the hill on the small island of Kastellholmen just outside of the old Stockholm city center. The Swedish flag, flying above the citadel, signifies whether or not the country is at peace. When it’s up (like in the pictures below) all is well in Sweden. The practice dates back to 1667, when the citadel was first built.

Nybroviken is a small bay in the central Stockholm which connects to the south with the bay Ladugardslandsviken.

Gamla Stan island is the city’s old town with the cobbled streets and colorful 17th and 18th century buildings.

Fika is a concept, a state of mind, and important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it’s important to make time for fika everyday which means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee or tea and a little something to it. There is a great variety of beautiful and cozy cafes in Stockholm where you can enjoy fika time.

Riddarholmen is a small island in central Stockholm, which forms part of Gamla Stan and houses a number of private palaces dating back to the 17th century.

Gamla Lundagatan is another charming old area on the island of Sodermaln.

Jenny Lind, a Swedish opera singer often called the “Swedish Nightingale”, statue is located in a beautiful park near Djurgardsbrunnskanalen, a canal in central Stockholm.

Founded in 1891, Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum which offers an amazing look into historical Swedish life. You can explore five centuries history with over 100 reconstructed farms and houses from different parts of Sweden. It was very interesting experience to meet the local characters working as farmers, carpenters, bakers who tell you the stories about different events and historical facts. Seglora Church is a wooden church dating back to the early 18th century. The town quarter shows urban life in Sweden during the 18th and 19th century.

The Älvros farmstead from the mid 19th century shows life in the north of Sweden, and traditional farm-bred animals.

Nordic animal at the Skansen park.

Astrid Lindgren’s Fairytale World Junibacken is situated on the island of Djurgården in the centre of Stockholm. It was an amazing experience to take a theme-train ride through the world of Astrid Lindgren’s books, with one “stage setting” for each of her well-known works, such as Madicken, Karlsson-on-the-Roof. There is also a great exhibition of different fairy tale characters inspired by amazing books. Brought back so many childhood memories.

Nobel Prize museum is located in the former Stock Exchange building and contains all essential information about the most prestigious prize in the world. Its main aim to spread knowledge and create interest and discussion around the natural sciences and culture.

Vasa Museum. The ship Vasa capsized and sank in Stockholm in 1628 ans after 333 years on the sea bed the warship was salvaged. Today Vasa is the world’s best preserved 17th century ship.

Night time is Stockholm.

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Summertime in Moscow 2019

Botanical Garden Aptekarskiy Ogorod

Baby birds growing up process 🙂

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Ostankino Teletower

International historical reconstruction festival called “Times and Epochs” takes place in Moscow every summer. Hunderd of reenactors from different countries recreated various epochs from Antiquity to the 20th century on the streets and boulevards of Moscow. I took some pictures of “Russians in Paris in 1814” which was dedicated to the foreign campaign of 1813-1814, during which the Russian army occupied Paris. Confrontation gave place to a peaceful life many parts of which were represented at this site including different professions of that time, food, costumes, uniaxial cart, ship and horses.

Maya people from Mexico were also visiting Moscow as a part of that historicl festival.

Moscow suburbs

Panoramic Moscow view from the CDM Rooftop.

Red Square at night. State Historical museum.

St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Kazan Cathedral

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Beautiful England

 

Hastings

Hastings is a town in East Sussex, England, most famous for the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This town is a home to the largest beach-launched fleet in Europe, the ruins of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror.

Hastings Castle located on a cliff top of the West Hill is a great part of English history from 1066 to modern days. The savage storms of the 13th century brought chaos to Hastings, so the large parts of the castle fell into the sea.

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The Old Town is a charming mix of beautiful houses, narrow streets, museums, fish market and famous local sunken ships.

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Pevensey Bay

Pevensey Bay is a beautiful and cozy old fishing village founded in 1600 as Wallsend, the end of the sea wall from Eastbourne.

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Pevensey castle

Pevensey Castle has a history stretching back over 1700 years, beginning in the 4th century as one of the strongest Roman Saxon Shore forts, two-third of whose towered walls still stand. Its impressive ruins stand on what was once a peninsula surrounded by sea and salt marsh projecting from the mainland of the Sussex coast.

Lewes

At the heart of Sussex lies an amazing town of Lewes (probably founded in 6th century), a mixture of medieval streets, old English churches, tiny alleyways. Lewes is also a market town of small independent retailers, bookshops, music shops.

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Harvey’s Brewery.

Established in 1790 and handsomely rebuilt in 1880 by William Bradford. The only survivor of the town’s seven Victorian breweries.

M Hamid Star Pottery

Star Pottery was established in Lewes in 1989 and since then Mohamed Hamid and his students and associates produce a wide range on amazingly beautiful handmade items.

Lewes Castle

Castle was built soon after one of the great turning points in English history. It is more than 900 years old and one of the earliest Norman strongholds in England.

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Ruins of 11th century monastery

Eastbourne

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Redoubt Fortress

Fortress dating back 200 years, was built to defend against Napoleon and was used in WWI and WWII.

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Wish Tower

Martello Tower Number 66

In the beginning of 19th century the British Empire feared a French invasion so 74 Martello towers were built along the Kent and Sussex coastlines from Folkstone to Seaford between 1805 and 1808.