Above - a central well is used for the neighbourhood's water supply
A more upmarket dacha
Fruit from the mountain ash tree
Russians like to have the biggest, the widest and the longest of everything. Big, bigger, best. Here is a massive rocket sculpture
New estates are being built with much better housingWe had an opportunity to go on an excursion to a village on the outskirts of Moscow. This included a visit to a working Russian Orthodox monastery. It was wonderful to be amongst the 'real Russians' going about their everyday life. Visions of stooped, squat babushkas are everywhere. Scarf on head, stick in one hand and basket in the other gathering wild berries and mushrooms in the forest was common. Or they are just sweeping footpaths or watching the world go by. But if you do the wrong thing they will let you know!! So no photos from me as I did not want to intrude on their privacy or get a spanking.....so some monastery views where we saw many babushkas praying....
Above - St Nicholas - Russia's patron saint of travel
Holy water that is supposed to bring long life - we got two bottles worth!!
More BIG structures in the city from the bus window....