LITTLE EM LOVES “tea parties”… here’s one she “hosted” for the Smurfs, and another for her friend, the monkey.
“NESKUCHNY SAD” IN Russian Нескучный сад is translated as “Fun Garden”. The park was previously an estate home for the aristocrats and royalty; today is it the property of the Russian Academy of Science. Some of its structures dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries – summer houses, pavilions and bridges – are still found on the large estate.
Every now and then, we’d head there for an evening stroll or a weekend walk, and also to enjoy the serenity of Moscow River that flows by it. The park provided me plenty of fond memories over the four seasons to reminisce over.
I love its autumn colours and walking on the crisp dried leaves (link). I especially look forward to winter when we went sledding on the snow-covered slopes! I don’t particularly like spring there as the wet grounds would be swarmed with worms the size of spaghetti – some dead, many still alive! Summer was a good excuse to get out of the apartment and enjoy the outdoors (link).
For me personally, Neskuchny Park lived up to its translated name. While one end of the park is adjacent to the well-known amusement Gorky Park, the “fun” derived from Neskuchny Park is of a different kind. The endless walks we took there were simple pleasures, unhurried, peaceful and inspiring…
The winter of 2007 brought abundant of snow. We returned to Neskuchny Park numerous times in February.
Recently I read in The Moscow News (link) that a woman was found murdered there on Monday, 27th May 2013 and by Friday, the police had arrested a suspect. A rather scary thought, a place so peaceful and serene is now also a murder scene!
THIS WAS THE THIRD time… packing and moving across the continent, this time to return home. The packers took two days to complete the task (which is normal) of boxing up “our lives” into some 200 boxes – big, small and flat.
I felt a little “empty” when the boxes were finally taken away, yet relieved that the major task had been accomplished (after many many MANY sleepless nights). At least, after that I was able to sit back and enjoy our final days in this “little” island that gave us vast memories to look back on (and cry some more!)
Related post: Home 2010 (link)
WE WERE FORTUNATE there was a huge park located just across where we used to live in Moscow. In fact Neskuchny Park (in Russian it is Neskuchny Sad, translated as “Fun Garden”), located along Leninsky Prospekt on one side and along Moscow River on the other, is said to be the oldest park in the Russian capital.
Neskuchny Park holds a lot of fond memories of my time with Kathrin and our girls. On this date in 2006, Kathrin and I took the girls for an evening walk in the park.
WE MADE A day trip to Macau back in September 2010. While we had been to Macau on numerous occasions, this was our first family trip there as well as Little Em’s first trip out of Hong Kong where she was born. The hour-long ferry journey from HK to Macau was also Em’s first ferry ride.
Our first stop was Kun Iam Temple, one of the most active Buddhist temples in Macau. We went on to visit Lou Lim Ioc Garden, the only Chinese-style garden in Macau, the must-see St. Paul’s Ruins, Church of St. Dominic and the Museum of the Holy House of Mercy on Senado Square, and A Ma temple. We went up to Penha Hill for a panoramic view of Macau city. We ended our trip at The Venetian where it is perpetually day time, and headed home in the evening.
Lou Lim Ioc Garden, a former private property that was presented to the government and turned into a public park. It is the only Chinese-style garden in Macau, specifically classic Suzhou style. Beautiful landscaping with zigzag bridges over a lotus pond, lush greenery and interesting rock formations make it a gem in the city.