Photo of the Day (05/19/08)

Since I am in Russia this week, I am using a photo I took yesterday on the secret ground of Kolomenskoe, in outer Moscow. Rumors that Peter the Great was born here led to its nickname “the Russian Bethlehem.”

The Church of the Ascension overlooking the river Moscow is quite stunning and the park is great. What I loved the best, however, was the view. From here, Moscow looks like a peaceful oasis set in nature. (Don’t let it fool you. It is the opposite of that.) Here is the weird thing: I found the view of the endless field of communist-era city blocks strangely soothing in their uniformity. From far away, they don’t look as scary as they do close up.

From Russia, with love.

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