“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!