guest blogger: tamara of american girls in moscow (part III)

I hope you’re enjoying the From Russia With Love tour of Moscow from guest blogger Tamara of American Girls in Moscow as I enjoy time with my mom! Yes, we’re having a great time, thanks!

With Tamara, we’ve already visited Gorky Park as well as Sparrow Hills and Victory Park. Today it’s:

Fourth Stop: Novodevichy Monastery

We’ll now make our way back towards the city’s center, stopping at the famous Novodevichy Monastery—which is actually a convent.

I recently took a picture of the girls here with the dolls (from 1774 Colonial Williamsburg) their grandparents gave them and in the matching dresses my mom sewed for them. (American Girl magazine publishes pictures of girls and their dolls in interesting locations; look for my daughters in a future issue!)

American Girls in Moscow

In 2004 Novodevichy Monastery was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See for yourself how incredibly gorgeous this place is, both during the day and at night, in summer and in winter:

Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia

To say that my family loves this spot would be a vast understatement. The grounds inside the convent are beautiful, filled with museums, a famous graveyard (Yeltsin was just buried there last year), and historic churches dating from as early as 1524 filled with rare icons. Many couples do stroll the grounds inside, stopping to pose for photographs.

Just as beautiful, however, are the grounds surrounding the fortified walls. On a clear day the pond reflects the convent in its water and the gardens, birch groves and walking paths are filled with appreciative locals.

We also love the modern playground on the other side of the pond; what a backdrop! I’ll be bringing the girls to the slope below to take pictures for this year’s Christmas card; they’ll put on their traditional Russian costumes.

Moscow, Russia

See you tomorrow at the Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer and Alexander Gardens!

7 Beans of Wisdom to “guest blogger: tamara of american girls in moscow (part III)”
  1. Wow! How beautiful Novodevichy Monastery is! This series has been interesting so far…thanks for the peek into Russia

    erin :: the olive notes’s last blog years

    So happy you’re enjoying it Erin! I’m loving it too 🙂

  2. 06.18.2008

    This is a wonderful series! I’m a few days behind in my reading. I lived in Krasnodar for a bit and have been to Moscow a couple of times and love revisiting the sights through your experiences!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday and Yellow for Bri: Cornmeal-Dusted Whitefish on a Sea of Gold and Green

    So glad you’re enjoying Jen!

  3. 06.18.2008

    Tamara – you have shared your beautiful city with us and made me feel like I was there with you on the tour. Your pictures are wonderful, your love for Russia is evident. Your daughters are so cute, love them in their matching American Girl outfits.

    Ice Tea For Me’s last blog post..out of control

    So glad you’re enjoying this!

  4. 06.18.2008

    A wonderful stories…and your girls are so cute, they look obviously like having their photo taken 🙂

    anne’s last blog post..Thank you to you all..

    Glad you like the series and girls’ photos Anne…me too 🙂

  5. Wow that second to last photo is incredible!!!

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Flashback Friday – Cabbage Kids

    I just loved this photo series myself 🙂

  6. 06.22.2008

    these pics are great. i’ve never been to Moscow but have put it on my list of places to visit for an extended stay. I studied Cuban-Russian affairs in college and was always so intrigued by the politics, culture and history…thanks for sharing someone’s story/visit.

    FlaNBoyant Eats’s last blog post..Malta Drink Is Way Sweet, But So Is Writing/Blogging!

    So glad you enjoyed this as well; I would love an extended stay in Moscow too 🙂

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