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Saturday, March 24, 2012

The sights of Moscow

Up until last night, I was super eager to just go home. I have been in Russia for 2 1/2 months in the past year and now that I have my boys - I want to take them back to FL. But then, Tyler talked about getting out and seeing some of the sights of Moscow. This really perked me up and it was nice to have something to look forward to today. 

I can see progress everyday with the boys. We have started using more and more English with them, instead of just Russian words. And they are picking up on the sign language super fast. They play together really well - which is nice because they will be together a LOT at home when their older siblings are in school. I find Calvin hugging and kissing on Silas often - so sweet to see. 

Me and Calvin snuggled up.

Silas wanted to join in on the fun.

Papa giving Silas some loves.

My boys here in Russia - just missing Keithy. 

Tyler out souvenir shopping in Izmaylovo Market. 

So, Tyler rode the metro to go to the souvenir market, but he got off the metro one stop later than when he should have. Once he got off the metro, he knew something wasn't right, so he asked this guy, Igor (pictured above with Tyler) where to find the market. This nice guy said that he would take him there. He got his car and drove Tyler to the market, walked around with him and even gave him his phone number in case we wanted to get together with him during our time here in Moscow. 

On the metro. How do you like Tyler's stoic facial expression? He wanted to look Russian.

The escalator up and down to the metro. It was the longest escalator that I've EVER seen.

The stops in the metro and so beautiful underground. They are made with marble and beautiful artifacts. Tyler read that they are so nice because when it was built there was a fear of a nuclear war above ground, so to boost morale, they made the underground areas beautiful.

I loved riding on the metro - I found it very fun. 

Outside the Kremlin.

St Basil's Cathedral. It was an amazing sight to see. So beautiful - I felt like I was in a fairy tale.

Lenin's grave. We think. There was a royal guard posted on either side.

Statue of Lenin.

Nice artwork underground by the metro.

One thing that I couldn't take pictures of was a Russian Orthodox Church. I heard some music playing through speakers outside and found the music beautiful. It sounded like a recording of religious/gregorian chant music. So lovely. We went inside and found a service going on inside the church and the music was from a choir - a very small choir. We watched the people come in and light candles and do some sort of hail mary motion, which reminded me of the Catholic church. It was interesting to see and we weren't allowed to take pictures, so you'll just have to imagine it. :)


Hevel Cohen said...

That might actually be the longest escalator pretty much in the world. Park Pobedy's escalator is 127 meters long.

Josephus said...

Awesome pictures! It looks like a really beautiful country. How cold was it?

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Carina said...

So beautiful! I'm glad you were able to go out and see some of the sites of your children's native land :)

Роман Ф. said...

Yes,on the Moscow metro you can walk all day.And you can tell a lot. At each station, a great story.

Sarah C said...

WOW! There are a lot of beautiful buildings there. I really enjoyed seeing some of the sites in Russia. I have never been there, but it seems like a really nice place. I LOVE the snuggle pictures!