Russia Trip in 2013

PART G--Downtown Moscow walks

Chapter Two of Two

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is visible from the river side of the Kremlin:

Therefore, from the cathedral, the red towers of the Kremlin should be visible, and they are:

Walking around this cathedral was the only time I got rained on, and the only time I had left my umbrella in the hotel.  Figures:

Below this bridge there were several weddings in progress:

No interior photos are allowed (and no one is allowed in without a registered guide).  But the exterior is well decorated with Biblical and historical themes:

Some of the exterior artwork is Biblical:

Some is historical:

And some celebrate the lives of Orthodox Saints:

Speaking of weddings:  My son and grandson, making a joke, asked me to bring them back a Russian bride. They were kidding, but I thought I would send them just a few photos of the gorgeous women of Moscow.

The Russian bride business may just be a business, sometimes even a mean business, but their product is potentially awesome.  I have a good friend who married a Russian woman he met online, and he has been very happy this last decade, and so has she.  It can work.

So here are photos of women in and near the Kremlin attending weddings, hence their dress-up finery:

                        

The lady on the right is examining a series of trees with locks on them, symbolizing the binding power of marriage in cementing families together.  In fact my son and grandson had better hurry and make some offers, since there were weddings going on everywhere I looked, or so it seemed.  For just one example, here is a couple preparing for their vows soon to be said beneath one of those trees with locks in them:

And here is a whole row of such trees!

As in any country, the bride and groom ride off into the sunset, or into their sunrise, in a chariot decorated with flowers, size dictated by economic realities:

This young lady was advertising a special race-car exhibition and indicated I could take her picture.  Interesting, but apparently to control the dehumanizing effect of a stranger taking her picture, she accompanied her smile with closed eyes.  Good for her!  She limits the degree to which she allows herself to be depersonalized, an act of compliance/defiance:

   

By contrast, the two ladies in the photo on the right smiled at all who wanted to take their pictures.

Let's go to a museum next, and not just any museum, The Pushkin!

GO TO PART H--insights into my ancestry from paintings by Dutch masters

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GO BACK TO PART C--In detention for visa violation, the transient lounge at Samara airport.

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