Happy Memories of “Neskuchny Sad”, Moscow

“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…

Still plenty of snow at the start of spring. (25 Mac 2006)

Still plenty of snow at the start of spring. (25 Mac 2006)

The snow is gone, but the sun is here, plenty of it! (4 May 2006)

The snow is gone, but the sun is here, plenty of it! M jumps with joy near a stone bridge which subsequently became one of our favourite spots. (4 May 2006)

(Bottom, L-R) By the “Swimmer” sculpture; another sculpture and fountain next to an entrance to Gorky Park; our favourite stone bridge. (13 May 2006)

(Bottom, L-R) By the “Swimmer” sculpture; another sculpture and fountain next to an entrance to Gorky Park; our favourite stone bridge. (13 May 2006)

The girls are happy by their mommies, but are happier riding on their daddies. (30 July 2006)

The girls are happy by their mommies, but are happier riding on their daddies. (30 July 2006)

Little friends M and F walking home after playing in the park on 16 Sep 2006 at 7:26pm.

Little friends M and F walking home after playing in the park on 16 Sep 2006 at 7:26pm.

Back at the park to enjoy the gardens. (20 Sep 2006)

Back at the park to enjoy the gardens. (20 Sep 2006)

Another visit the following week. (28 Sep 2006)

Another visit the following week. (28 Sep 2006)

Lured back to the park despite the cold… someone had to feed the ducks! (20 Dec 2006)

The winter of 2007 brought abundant of snow. We returned to Neskuchny Park numerous times in February.

Photos of my favourite spots taken on 5 Feb 2007.

Photos of my favourite spots taken on 5 Feb 2007.

It was still snowing when we went there on 10 Feb 2007.

Lovely snow-covered trees and branches, and snow-covered table-tennis tables too! (10 Feb 2007)

Lovely snow-covered trees and branches, and snow-covered table-tennis tables too! (10 Feb 2007)

The next day, we woke up to a bright lovely day, clear blue skies and abundant of snow glistening in the sunlight. We returned to the park to see the surface of Moscow River frozen! (11 Feb 2007)

Scores of people also went to enjoy the lovely day and snow-related activities. The kids had fun sledding. (11 Feb 2007)

Less than two weeks later, we returned, once again armed with our snow mobile, sled and spade. The kids and adults had a field day sledding down the slopes, and M had great fun burying F in the snow! (20 Feb 2007)

Less than two weeks later, we returned, once again armed with our snow mobile, sled and spade. The kids and adults had a field day sledding down the slopes, and M had great fun burying F in the snow! (20 Feb 2007)

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!

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