Well, that’s the plan anyway…
This long weekend marks the end of the summer (not technically) in the USA. With some spare hours, I hope to pick up the camera and become a tourist. Obviously, it’s easier to do so when on holidays… Oh, Happy Labour Day!
My sister took this photo of me in St Petersburg, Russia.
Being a Leo, I have a penchant for photographing lions wherever I go. This one is guarding the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour; rebuilt based on the original which was destroyed in 1931. Unbelievably, before its resurrection in 2000, the site was home to the largest open air swimming pool.
Make of this what you will, but I love LA.
The picture was taken of a poster on the exterior of a vacant store on Lincoln Boulevard; opposite Superba Food + Bread in Venice Beach, where the coffee* is hair-raising good. It gave me a much-needed jolt.
*Brewed with beans by Heart Roasters in Oregon.
Malibu is one of the most beautiful places to visit for uninterrupted views of the water; where the eyes can rest their gaze on the infinite horizon. Listening to the waves crash before lapping the shore is at once soothing and invigorating. Worries dissipate; everything feels lighter.
There’s a quote by Isak Dinesen that reads: ‘The cure for anything is salt water – tears, sweat, or the sea.’
I completely agree.
The view of Malibu Pier from Nikita restaurant
A German Riesling dwarfs El Matador
If you’ve scheduled a cruise along the Moscow River, you’re likely to come across Luzhkov Bridge — a pedestrian walkway lined with iron trees decorated in hundreds of love locks. Apparently this area is a popular backdrop for wedding photos but the only people I saw posing under the blazing sun were snap-happy tourists.
Whatever the season, it is a very cool sight to see. You can get there on foot, about a twenty-minute walk from the Kremlin; by metro; or by chance, as I discovered it after visiting the nearby Tretyakov Gallery.
Wishing you a lovely weekend!
As with all things last minute, paperwork processing delays had me push my trip to Russia back by a week. This meant I missed touring Moscow with my mum and sister; instead tacking it on after our sojourn in St Petersburg. Alas, I travelled solo.
I have a soft spot for Moscow. The capital moves at a faster pace than St Petersburg, which is located an easy four hour train ride away on the speedy Sapsan. She buzzes like New York but her grand squares and wide boulevards allow breathing room to appreciate the vast historic surrounds.
Some of my most memorable moments were spent gazing through hotel windows and strolling by the Moscow River, listening to the sounds of the city while watching the sun set way past its usual bedtime.
View of Red Square from Hotel National
The Red Square
St Basil’s Cathedral
Volleyball in Gorky Park
Fountains in Gorky Park
St Basil’s Cathedral
Moscow River sunset
Bontempi at Red October Factory
Church of Christ the Saviour
The setting midnight sun