On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Origuy.

**My first submittal was messed up, ignore it.**

At the end of 2012, my friend Natasha told me that she was going to spend a month in Moscow, to visit her mother and take care of some business. She told me that her mother would be driving her crazy after two weeks and invited me to join her for the last two weeks.

Originally, the plan was to stay with Natasha and her mother, but once she got to Moscow, she discovered that her mother had become something of a hoarder and had dogs that didn’t like strangers. So they set me up with her mother’s best friend Luda, who had a big apartment on the opposite side of Moscow. She also had big dogs, but they turned out to be friendly. Luda spoke very little English and I spoke a little more Russian, but we managed.

Taken on 2012-03-10 00:00:00

Outside Moscow

One day, Natasha, Luda, and I, along with Natasha’s nephew Saava, went to a small city outside Moscow called Sergiyev Posad. It’s about an hour by train from the Yaroslavsky railway station, one of the cities that make up Moscow’s Golden Ring.



Taken on 2012-03-10 00:00:00

Sergeiev Posad, Russia

Sergiyev Posad is sort of the Vatican City of Russian Orthodoxy. It grew up around one of the largest and
most important monasteries, the <a href= “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_Lavra_of_St._Sergius”>Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius



Taken on 2012-03-10 00:00:00

Sergeiev Posad, Russia

On the way to the monastery, you come to a small shrine enclosing a spring which is supposed to have healing powers. You can buy bottles of the water or just dip your hands. I didn’t bother, and I was the only one of us who didn’t get sick later.



Taken on 2012-03-10 00:00:00

Sergeiev Posad, Russia

The gate to the monastery.



Taken on 2012-03-10 00:00:00

Sergeiev Posad, Russia

A portion of the walls of the entrance, which was covered with paintings.



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10 replies
  1. 1
    JPL says:

    It’s been in the nineties here for days, so of course the first thing that I notice are the heavy coats.

  2. 2
    Rob says:

    @JPL: Also, there’s snow in the pictures!

  3. 3
    J. says:

    Is it wrong that Balloon Juice is my go-to source for news and humor? (I read WaPo and NYT, but IMO the reporting from BJ is far superior.)

  4. 4
    Rob says:

    @J.: No! I come here for news, especially the curated tweets.

  5. 5
    Rob says:

    Though mostly I just lurk.

  6. 6
    arrieve says:

    @Rob: I love the tweets as well. I very rarely look at Twitter myself, so I love that someone else is willing to wade through it for me.

    I love the picture of the gate to the monastery in the snow. I was in Savannah last week and though it probably wasn’t hotter or more humid than we get in New York in July, in May I’m just not ready for it. So that snow is oddly appealing. Thanks for sharing.

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    Wag says:

    Here in Denver we’ve had quite enough snow for the season. Our last snow was last week, and my tomatoes barely made it through without being frost damaged. That said, my wife and I are itching to head into the mountains to climb some snow capped peaks. Alpine photos in the near future.

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    scuffletuffle says:

    So beautiful, how lucky you are to be able to travel to these places. I do all my traveling in Russia by way of car crash videos, but have seen enough to know that a visit would be wonderful!!

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    J R in WV says:

    The bit about the “healing spring” that made everyone ill that touched it is pretty funny, and a little sad. No one is going to make them clean up that spring, ever, which is the most sad part.

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    Origuy says:

    Yes, it was March. I sent Alain a few more pictures, I don’t know if he got them. I’m not sure if the spring is really the culprit. I just thought it was a funny coincidence.
    There were several cathedrals in the complex. We went in the oldest one, which was covered with icons, including some from Andrei Rublev, the most famous. Andrei Tarkovsky did a movie about him. No pictures allowed inside.

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