Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Central Museum of the Armed Forces and the Arbat District

Not a very interesting place to visit, so it's hard to say why Grand Circle Tours includes it, but the band played The Star-Spangled Banner for us, so who's to complain?

A monument to Russian submariners...

A lively collection of World War II veterans, including a nurse, decked out in all their medals, spent some time chatting with us about their experiences and answering questions, which was very interesting.

If I am remembering correctly, the statue below depicts Alexander Pushkin (1818-1837) and his wife. Pushkin died from wounds he received in a duel over his wife's honor, at the age of 37. He is still much loved by the Russian people

Below is a photo of one of the wonderful old buildings along Novy (New) Arbat, a pedestrian street containing a number of 18th-century buildings, including a monastery and the house owned by Tolstoy's grandfather, upon whom one of the characters in War & Peace was based.

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