Voices From Russia, Too

Sunday, 8 May 2016

8 May 2016. Our Great Russian Motherland: Izmailovsky Kremlin (Izmailovo Raion. Eastern Administrative Okrug. Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District)

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00 Izmailovsky Kremlin Moscow Russia 100416

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This isn’t ancient at all; it’s actually a quite-recent (built in the 1990s) cultural and entertainment complex. It’s in a pseudo-Byzantine style, based loosely on what Russian palaces looked like in pre-Petrine times, but more inspired by Russian fairy tales. Many use the complex for civil weddings as it has a wedding palace, a restaurant, and bars. However, it’s also an amusement park/open-air museum for children on the theme of “Old Russia”. There’s a replica pre-Revolutionary rural wooden Russian church, but people don’t use it for weddings. To wrap it up, it has a large shopping area that sells the usual sort of tchotchkes. All in all, a fun place to take the family on a weekend or to have one’s wedding (even if one has a church wedding, like most of Europe, one has to have a civil ceremony, too, or the marriage isn’t legit in the eyes of the state).

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

19 January 2013. They Celebrated the New Year in… Mombasa

00 New Years. Jomo Kenyatta Beach. Mombasa. Kenya. 19.01.13

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Thousands of people gathered at the seaside at Jomo Kenyatta Beach in Mombasa, the main port of Kenya on the Indian Ocean, to celebrate the New Year.

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