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Chicago, January 2020

South President’s Court Garden

Seated Lincoln

Jay Pritzker Pavilion and a view from BP Pedestrian Bridge

Frozen Lake Michigan

Field Museum

Icy 12th Street Beach and a flock of migratory geese

Shedd Aquarium

Grant Park

DuSable Bridge

Foggy Jane Addams Memorial Park and Ohio Street Beach

Foggy city

Beautiful Chicago at night

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Lil’Ed and the Blues Imperials, Chicago, 23 January 2020

If you have never heard of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, I would highly recommend to check them out! They are not only playing the blues but living the blues. Their live shows are full of energy, joy and electrifying sound. They are performing everywhere around the USA and worldwide, but I have seen them in their hometown Chicago at Buddy Guy’s Legends. It was a night full of smiles, great music and fun! I really hope to see them again!

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Colorful autumn in Moscow, 2019

September

Moscow Exhibition Center VDNKHa

A monument to Ivan Michurin who was a Russian practitioner of selection to produce new types of plants.

Ostankino TV and radio tower.

Aptekarskiy Ogorod.

October

Храм-часовня Святителя Василия Великого.

Ostankino TV and radio tower.

Moscow Botanical Garden.

Aptekarskiy Ogorod.

Храм Святого Мученика и Чудотворца Трифона.

Ekaterininskiy Park.

Muzeon park is a unique open air museum of sculpture.

Park Gorkogo.

Neskuchniy Sad which literary means “not boring garden” is the oldest Moscow park the history of which dates back to 1756.

Cathedra of Christ the Saviour.

Red October chocolate factory and the Peter the Great Statue which is 98-metre-high (322 ft).

Pushkin embankment on the Moskva river.

Novoandreyevskiy Bridge.

November

Aptekarskiy Ogorod.

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Mike Ross, Moscow, 2 Nov 2019

I was very lucky to see Mike Ross and the band as a part of the British Blues Invasion festival in Moscow. Mike has his own unique style which combines blues rock, psychedelic rock, delta blues, Chicago style blues. His live shows are really worth to experience, because they are filled with unique music, powerful voice, virtuosic guitar playing, great sound quality and charismatic performance. Mike takes listeners on a detailed history tour of incredible music beginning in the Mississippi Delta at the beginning of the 20th century and finishing up right back in the present moment.

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ABBA Museum in Stockholm

ABBA museum in Stockholm is a highly recommended place for not only ABBA fans, but for everyone who is interested in music history! It’s not only an exhibition of ABBA memorabilia such as instruments, golden records, outfits but a great interactive experience that invites you to dance, sing and mix music. As said at the entrance – Walk in, dance out.

In the early 70s, when Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad became ABBA, all four were already well-known in their home-country of Sweden. This part of museum shows and tells the stories of their early years.

The Polar Studio and Viggso Writing Hut were ABBA’s most important working environment, they felt there the most at home.

Nobody who has ever seen ABBA’s spectacular stage costumes will ever forget them. There is a wide range of costumes from different tours and promotion visits on display of the museum.

Being an internationally famous pop group means plenty of journeys across the globe. ABBA received a legendary reception in Europe, Australia, the United States and Japan. The list of ABBA awards is huge and some of the them are presented at the museum.

The time has come to enter the 80s, and at the same time the ABBA era was drawing to its close. The group’s 8th and the final studio album, The Visitors was released in November 1981.

The ABBA went their separate ways at the end of 1982, Bjorn and Benny took on task of composing a musical. The musical “Help wanted” premiered at the Orion Theatre in Stockholm in 2013, and contains music produced by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

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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.