These pictrues are taken at the Leo Tolstoy Estate which is located about 3 hours bus ride from Moscow. Then we rode a small van a few miles out of town and walked about 1/4 mile to the Estate. The top left picture is a memorial we passed on our walk to the Estate, on the right is a large pond as we entered the Estate and adjacent is the actual spot where Leo Tolstoy was buried. Just as he wanted it to be, with no names or markers, just a private little plot.
Summer in Moscow has been wonderful! We are sorry that it has been so long since we have posted anything on our blog. I guess we have been busy and enjoying our time here. The weather is amazingly pleasant. This is a park that we walk through on our way home from church on sunday. Often there are Grandpas showing their grandchildren remote control speed boats on the lake--this one is really fast!! Moscow has many beautiful parks to enjoy and they stay green because of the frequent rain storms. Sometime we get caught without an unbrella and get a little wet while walking home.
We had a lot of fun out in the mountains riding on the sleigh and roasting weenies around the fire having sandwiches and drinks. It was a fun event with Bob and KLynn.There were three other young families with children so there were lots of activiies.
This cathedral was built in the 17th century and yet as you can see it has weathered the storm of time without virtually any deterioration. These types of cathedrals are symbols of National Russian architectur of the time.
This is a more traditional Cathedral in St. Peter'sburg call the Cathedral of the spilt blood. Interesting enough its real name is Cathedral of the Resurrection.One of their ruling leaders was killed on this very spot and they built this magnificent Cathedral where he was killed, thus the Cathedral of the spilt blood.
The picture on the left shows the Extremely expensiveOr for mental decorations even on the outside. Underneath each dome On the inside There are places repeats to stand and worship as there are no benches in their cathedrals. One can hardly fathomat great expensein building these structures.