"The favourite city of Messir..." Moscow by vodolaz

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...and me.

I didn`t want to write about Moscow.
You`d better read Gilyarovskiy or Bulgakov. There are too many VT members , making standard pics of Kremlin , Red Square , Bolshoi ... etc. Those views you can find on every postcard. And Moscow for me is at first city of Messir , city of Vysotskiy...
St. Basil`s Cathedral or Tsar-Cannon is just the symbol of Moscow - beautiful , wonderful , incredible - but symbol .
I am an indigene moskvitch , live in Moscow over 40 years and this city is my Love , my Pain and my Life.
And Life is deeper than symbol , Love is deeper...
So the only thing I can offer to your attention is non standard view on Moscow , and even not Moscow , but places dear to my heart...

And unexpectedly the wild havoc ceased. Slipping down to the third
floor, Margarita peeked into the end window, covered by a thin, dark little
curtain. In the room a little lamp was burning weakly under a shade. In a
small bed with net sides sat a boy of about four, listening timorously.
There were no grown-ups in the room, evidendy they had all run out of the
They're breaking the windows,' the boy said and called: 'Mama!'
No one answered, and then he said:
'Mama, I'm afraid.'
Margarita drew the little curtain aside and flew in.
'I'm afraid,' the boy repeated, and trembled.
'Don't be afraid, don't be afraid, little one,' said Margarita, trying
to soften her criminal voice, grown husky from the wind. 'It's some boys.
breaking windows.'
'With a slingshot?' the boy asked, ceasing to tremble.
With a slingshot, with a slingshot,' Margarita confirmed, 'and you go
to sleep.'
'It's Sitnik,' said the boy, "he's got a slingshot.'
Well, of course it's he!'
The boy looked slyly somewhere to the side and asked:
'And where are you, ma'am?'
'I'm nowhere,' answered Margarita, 'I'm your dream.'
'I thought so,' said the boy.
'Lie down now,' Margarita ordered, 'put your hand under your cheek, and
I'll go on being your dream.'
'Well, be my dream, then,' the boy agreed, and at once lay down and put
his hand under his cheek.
'I'll tell you a story,' Margarita began, and placed her hot hand on
his cropped head. 'Once there was a certain lady ... And she had no
children, and generally no happiness either. And so first she cried for a
long time, and then she became wicked . . .' Margarita fell silent and took
away her hand -- the boy was asleep...

  • Last visit to Moscow: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 17, 2005
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  • SteedJnr's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    " Beer is the beverage of the healthful nation " Indeed!! Great page. Moscow was pretty high on my list for a visit and has now gotten much higher. Nostravie, John.

  • peerapa's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2006 at 11:18 AM

    Sawasdee ka Dimitri!!!...How're you?...Did you receive my Christmas & New Year card?

  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2005 at 10:10 PM

    My best moment in Moscow was the Gagarin Party organised by my friend Alosha in 1991 at the Kosmos Pavillion VDNH. The first official rave in Moscow. It was a nice city then. Tim...·:*¨`*:·~My§ticÄl~·:*

  • Propermark's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2005 at 7:28 AM

    Hi there! Wonderful pictures of Moscow! I'd like to visit Russia sooner or later... I'm even trying to learn some russian... Ya govoryu ne ochen russkoe Ya hotel by izuchat russkij yazyk Mne hochetsya govorit russkij

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2005 at 8:32 AM

    Interesting pics of a Moscow not any tourists will see. leyle

  • suvaa003's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2004 at 7:45 AM

    I do like your page!

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2004 at 7:41 AM

    Very personal and interesting page on Moscow.

  • Astralka's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2004 at 7:52 AM

    Tolstoy said:beer is the beverage of the healthful nation? All what he wrote was good! :o) Nice photos here! I feel sorry for the damaged apple-trees. The officials did st. similar in Brno with old sycamore trees without asking anybody

  • cheekymarieh's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2004 at 2:44 PM

    Fascinating alternative Moscow page.

  • orlikins's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2004 at 11:31 AM

    Any Smirnoff in Moscow? :)

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