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Summertime in Moscow and its surrounding area, 2020

Arkhangelskoe

Arkhangelshoe museum-estate consists of a palace with terraced park which has one of the biggest collections of park sculptures in the world, a landscape park, a theatre built in 1817-18 on the project of famous Italian architect and painter Pietro Gonzago, a small palace “Caprice” and pavilion Small Tea House. This is a great place to spend summer day walking among beautiful buildings and sculptures surrounded by the forest and close to the Moskva river.

In the 19th century a number of great Russian writers, poets and historians visited the estate. Among them were Pushkin, Gertsen and Karamsin. A.S. Pushkin monument was also designed by P. Gonzara.

Archangel Michael’s Church is the oldest surviving building on the estate dating from the mid-17th century.

Kuskovo

Kuskovo museum complex in Moscow is a summer estate of the Sheremetev family built in 18th century and includes Summer palace, Grotto, Italian house, Kuskovo Church and Tower bell, Hermitage in English landscape garden, the Dutch house and Orangeries. Grotto pavilion was constructed between 1755 and 1761 and was intended to represent the palace of the King of the Seas. Interior was made of whorled seashells of 24 different types which were delivered from the Mediterranean, Red, Black seas, the Sea of Japan, and reservoirs of the Moscow region.

Izmaylovo

Izmaylovo Estate was a country residence of the House of Romanov. The present-day Court retains two sets of palace gates, a cathedral and a barbican tower built in the 1670s-1680s.

Intercession Cathedral (Храм Покрова Пресвятой Богородицы) was build between 1671 and 1679, replacing an earlier wooden church. The four-pillar, red-brick cathedral features five black domes and upper section is decorated with colorful porcelain tiles.

Peter the Great Statue was unveiled in 2008. Peter The Great discovered a boat at the Izmaylovo estate which lead to young Peter’s passion of sailing and later he would found Russia’s first navy.

Izmaylovo Kremlin is a cultural center with Russian Revival-style museums, workshops & markets, located near the Izmaylovo estate.

Bykovo

Picturesque gothic style Bykovo mansion hidden in the beautiful forest was home to a number of notable families and is an example of 18th and 19th century taste and style. Bykovo forested park is an oasis untouched by development along the small Bykovka River.

Church of Vladimir Icon of Mother of God was built in 1789 by Vasiliy Bazhenov and is located in the village of Bykovo. The architecture is very beautiful and unusual for most Orthodox churches, it may be the only one of its kind in Russia.

Moscow Botanical Garden

Ostankino

Church of the Holy Trinity in Ostankino.

The first wooden Trinity Church was built in 1585 and was destroyed in the Time of Troubles. In 1625-27 Prince Cherkassky built a new wooden church. In 1692 a stone church in the name of the Trinity was build which with some modifications survives to this day.

Ostankino Palace is a former summer residence of Sheremetev family build in 1798. Currently the Palace is closed for massive restoration work but still stays one of great monuments of architecture of the 18th century.

Ostankino Television and radio Tower – the tallest free-standing structure in Europe- is surrounded by beautiful park and located near to tram station.

VDNKHa

Golden Spike is one of the most famous fountains at the biggest Moscow Exhibition center VDNKHa.

Beautiful jasmine blossom.

Muranovo

The small country estate of Muranovo is located on the high bank of the Talitsa river, 60 km from Moscow. The landscape is charmingly simple and nice.

Holy Spring. Святой источник Казанской Иконы Божьей Матери.

Muranovo Museum is also called the House of Poets because its history is bound with the names of two famous Russian poets Fedor Tyutchev and Evgeniy Baratynsky. In the past Muranovo was an average country estate which consisted of the main house, a church, different residential buildings, a garden and a park. The estate and the surrounding landscape make up an inseparable harmony. The estate was built in 1816 and its main house was build in wood in 1842 by Evgeniy Baratynsky. In 1920 the estate became a museum.

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London, March 2020

One Tree Hill View Point at the Greenwich Park

Prime Meridian, Royal Observatory and Peter Harrison Planetarium

Greenwich Park

National Maritime Museum

Old Royal Naval College

Early cherry blossom at the Kensington Gardens

Royal Albert Hall

Beautiful magnolias

The Albert Memorial

Kensington Palace

Round Pond at Kensington Gardens

Italian Gardens

Peter Pan Statue

Tropical green parakeets can be found in London

Cozy streets of London

Hampstead Heath

Kenwood House

The Brew House

The Dairy at Kenwood

Gwendwr Gardens

Sunset at the Prospekt Hill

The O2 arena

Canary Wharf district on the Isle of Dogs

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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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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.