Caption: A day at Sokolniki Park, Moscow, spring 2016.
I love flowers! To me flowers have always been a way to express my femininity. Flowers are as beautiful as women are; the variety in them is the same as in women. It's mother nature - perfection - there is no better example.
This is why when flowers begin to blossom in spring, I feel this connection as one perfect creation. I begin to blossom, too.
In Moscow, you can really appreciate the significance of flower gardens, especially after a long hard winter spent waiting for that moment of glory - the metamorphosis, spring!
Caption: Inside GUM Shopping Center, celebrating spring.
I call it a metamorphosis because it's really interesting to see the seasons transition from one extreme weather to another. It's when you appreciate the most what is about to come. Spring is here! It is almost like starting a new life - the perfume of its flowers spreads, the green grass grows fresh, lovers walk hand in hand, young girls wear their sweetest outfits. There is no need to hide under layers and layers of clothes. It is time to walk free and light. Most importantly, it is time to move faster again, with more energy, perfect for discovering new places, for traveling.
Caption: Vitrine Boutique in Moscow Center showing a Spring Collection.
Here is a list of things you can do in Moscow in Spring:
1. Check out the botanical garden Aptkarsky Ogorod. Are you a nature lover? If so, visit Aptekarsky Ogorod, Russia's oldest botanical garden.
Caption: This is not Aptkarsky Ogorod park, but you can look at some pictures of the garden HERE.
The garden shows exotic flower exhibitions, including the Winter Orchids Festival, one of the most popular winter orchid festivals for the largest variety of Orchidaceae ever imagined. It was founded by Peter the Great in 1706 to grow medicinal plants. Since 1805, the garden has been the property of Moscow State University.
Go there, get stunned, take pictures, create your own album of orchids or just give pleasure to your eyes inside the greenhouses and have a relaxing time.
2. Visiting Gorky Park is a must.
It is the most extravagant recreational park in Moscow. It's in the heart of Moscow, with stunning music fountains, flowers all over, cosy cafes and a view towards Moscow River. The park has become a main point for cultural life. It even includes a small public beach for everyone, including families. Rollerblading is one of the main activities for Russian people; it may be the perfect occasion for you to try it too. Gorky park won't disappoint you!
3. Take a Radisson Boat.
Caption: My first trip on the Radisson Boat in Moscow.
In my personal opinion this is the best river cruise for a tour and, what is even better, it is not expensive at all. During the two-hour trip you can see all the main Moscow attractions, and if you start the trip around 5 pm, you will, for sure, enjoy an unforgettable sunset.
4. Watch the Victory Day military parade on the Red Square.
The biggest parade happens on the Red Square, on the ninth of May. It is a big celebration! People go to the Red Square to attend the parade and watch the fireworks at night.
5. Visit GUM.
Caption: GUM shopping center.
GUM is the country's greatest store. Now in spring time, the shopping center is decorated graciously. There's always a season-inspired exhibition going on and luxury is the word that characterizes it. Read everything you must know about the store HERE.
6. Enjoy the golden hour at Novodevichy Convent.
Caption: Novodevichy Convent and the lake with view to Moscow City.
The place is sacred in every sense. At sunset, the convent reflects the golden body of the sun, making pure magic out of it. Plus, just a few steps outside, you will find a lovely lake said to have been the inspiration behind Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. The convent was built in the beginning of the sixteenth century and it has witnessed many historical events in 400 years. Its architecture remains one of the best in the country. (Read more about Novodevichy Convent here.)
There are many other activities and places to visit in Moscow in spring, and I'll be posting pictures and information about those.
What other places in Moscow do you know are perfect to visit during spring? Please, let me know in a comment bellow. I'd love to know about places I haven't seen yet. And if you have never been to Moscow, but want to know more about it, keep tuned.
Thank you so much for your time, for liking and sharing. Keep traveling for your dreams, sometimes even only traveling with your heart is enough! Never stop dreaming!
Tons of Love,