Trip to Russia. Day 8. Along the Golden Ring through Pereslavl-Zalesski to the train from Moscow to Saint Petersburg

Trip to Russia. Day 8. Along the Golden Ring through Pereslavl-Zalesski to the train from Moscow to Saint Petersburg

Our last morning of the Golden Ring trip was in Pereslavl-Zalessky, an old Russian city about 140 km, 87 miles, northeast of Moscow. It was founded by the same prince, Yuri Dolgoruky, and at the same time, as Moscow. In 1374, an important congress of 

Trip to Russia. Day 7. Back to the Golden Ring — Yaroslavl, Rostov the Great

Trip to Russia. Day 7. Back to the Golden Ring — Yaroslavl, Rostov the Great

Leaving the Myshkin house, with its overgrown garden was not easy. In the morning, we walked around quite a bit taking pictures. It was sad knowing that most likely we will never come back here again. The world is big and time is scarce. Final 

Trip to Russia. Day 6. Myshkin — Volga, Banya, Vodka.

Trip to Russia. Day 6. Myshkin — Volga, Banya, Vodka.

— Go look around the house. It’s different in the morning, — Tanya said when I waddled into the kitchen still in my pajamas. It was. At night, the circle of chairs in the living room on the second floor set the mood for a conversation 

Trip to Russia. Day 5. Motley Crew Hits the Road. The Golden Ring  Fragments — Sergiev Posad, Kalyazin, Uglich,  Myshkin

Trip to Russia. Day 5. Motley Crew Hits the Road. The Golden Ring Fragments — Sergiev Posad, Kalyazin, Uglich, Myshkin

The business of renting a car in Moscow is not for the faint at heart. Last night, we tried so many different places, even Charlotte without much Russian found a few numbers to call. It seemed like car rental offices in Moscow did not have 

Trip to Russia. Day 4. Moscow. Down through the Underground to the Not Good Apartment

Trip to Russia. Day 4. Moscow. Down through the Underground to the Not Good Apartment

Fourth day was the day to take care of business and renew my papers. Most of it was spent in Soviet style offices waiting on line, curtsying, smiling, providing champagne and candy to grouchy officials who didn’t even notice me. Nothing changed in that department. 

Trip to Russia. Day 3. Moscow. Up North to the Soviet showcase. Back to the Boulevard Ring

Trip to Russia. Day 3. Moscow. Up North to the Soviet showcase. Back to the Boulevard Ring

When someone asks me about my roots, it feels odd to say I am from Russia. I am Russian but from the Soviet Union. To me, Russia before the Soviet Union, the Soviet Union, and Russia after the Soviet Union are three different countries. My 

Trip to Russia. Day 2. Moscow. Off to the left, through Sparrow Hills to the City.

Trip to Russia. Day 2. Moscow. Off to the left, through Sparrow Hills to the City.

“If you want to see a city like a local and understand it, visit a market, a train station, and a cemetery.”                                               

Trip to Russia. Day 1. Moscow. Off to the right and through Gorky Park.

Trip to Russia. Day 1. Moscow. Off to the right and through Gorky Park.

“In Moscow, you’d sit in an enormous parlor of a restaurant where you don’t know anybody and nobody knows you and you don’t feel that you’re a stranger. And here, you know everybody and everybody knows you, and you’re a stranger, a stranger… and a 

Trip to Russia. Departure Day — Arrival Day. From Ridgewood to Moscow.

Trip to Russia. Departure Day — Arrival Day. From Ridgewood to Moscow.

We did get a few sympathetic words from friends about night flight hardships but it was our firm plan to fly a red eye. Direct. JFK to Moscow. Nine hours and some. Our plane was scheduled to take off after midnight NY time and land 

A Faithful Man

A Faithful Man

French comedy at its best. Marianne (Laetitia Casta, familiar to most probably as a former Victoria’s Secret model) announces to Abel (Louis Garrel, known outside French cinema as one of the twins from Bertolucci’s The Dreamers) that she is pregnant and the baby is not