This blog was commenced in late 2011, at the beginning of a three year posting to Moscow. I returned to Australia at the end of 2014.
My intention was to provide a pictorial commentary on my observations of Moscow, a city most people in Australia know little about.
The blog has now been wound up and there will be no more entries. Nor will I respond to any more comments. Thanks for visiting.
We’ve just returned from a couple of weeks in the south of
France. Sunny, with temperatures in the high 20s. Arrived back in Moscow to
bleak skies and snowflakes yesterday.
During the Second World War (Great Patriotic War to the locals) the Russians managed a remarkable
feat in moving much of their heavy industry east of the Urals, out of bombing
range. So here’s a suggestion – move Moscow south to the warmer Black Sea coast.
Shouldn’t take more thana few years
with a determined effort. Might be a bit of work, but afterwards everyone will
be saying ‘why didn’t we do that ages ago?’. Might even see some smiles on gloomy
On to the theme of this post. Many cities in
Europe are closely linked to the rivers that run through them. Think of Paris,
think of the Seine. London – Thames. Vienna – Danube. Rome – Tiber (did you really
know that last one?).
Here’s a challenge – can you name the rivers that run
through these European cities?
Berlin -Madrid –
Oslo – Prague. Answers below.
In Moscow it is, sensibly enough, called the Moscow River.
What to say about it?. It’s quite wide. It flows past one of
the long walls of the Kremlin. It freezes in winter. Visitors can cruise up it in
tour boats in summer. The banks of the river provide the only hills in the
otherwise flat landscape of Moscow (Sparrow Hills even has a ski lift - see my
very first post). So there you have it.
Moscow University's 'Stalin skyscraper'.
Another of the seven 'Stalin skyscrapers' - now the Radisson Hotel
Covered pedestrian bridge near Kievskaya
Evening cruise - just add wine
Berlin – Spree; Madrid – Manzanares; Oslo – two rivers, the Akerselva
and the Alna; Prague – Vltava (hands up if you said Danube).