BESIDES NESKUCHNY PARK (link), we also have fond memories of our time at Novodevichy Park, which was a short drive from our Moscow home.
Autumn in Novodevichy Park, 28 October 2007.
This family of bronze ducks became permanent residents at the park on 30 July 1991 and have been a major attraction since. A plate gave the following description… “This sculpture is given in love and friendship to the children of the Soviet Union on behalf of the children of the untied States. It is based on the beloved American children’s story “Make Way For Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey. The sculptress is Nancy Schon. 1991. Presented by Mrs. Barbara Bush.” (It was a gift by the former US First Lady to her counterpart Mrs. Raisa Gorbachev as part of the START Treaty.)
Waddling with the mother-duck. Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings, which are replicas of the original duck family in Boston Park, USA. We love them in any season – autumn (28 October 2007) and winter (29 December 2007).
Standing on the same spot seasons apart… in autumn where the stunning leaves were clearly reflected in the lake (28 Oct 2007) and in winter when the lake was frozen (25 Feb 2007).
(Top) Our visit on 25 Feb 2007, we were fascinated to see the whole lake frozen and more fascinated that people were enjoying themselves on it without the fear of the surface giving way!; (Bottom, L) M and Papa on the lake against Novodevichy Convent on a clear day.
Winter in Novodevichy Park and Convent (29 Dec 2007). Founded in 1524, the convent was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.