One of Many Reasons You Should Visit Moscow

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One of many beautiful parks in Moscow
One of many beautiful parks in Moscow

There are so many reasons why you should visit Moscow. That might surprise you, considering that most people wouldn’t put it on their must-see list and the US government considers it a “hardship post” when stationing members of the military there. (I understand,  there are difficulties associated with living in Moscow. Not every day there is a walk in the park. But the really good days more than make up for the frustrations that can come with living there.) Visiting as a tourist on your own, without a tour guide, can prove challenging if you don’t have at least a basic knowledge of Russian or the Cyrillic alphabet. But this city is worth seeing, despite the challenges!

Two people enjoying the day at Victory Park
Two people enjoying the day at Victory Park

Moscow is an incredibly fascinating place, and for a photographer like myself, a 1980’s photography dream come true. I consider myself so lucky and blessed to have spent a year and a half of my life living there. That wasn’t nearly enough time, and most days my heart misses the city more than I can put into words, but I am thankful for the time I did have there.

There are so many reasons why you should visit Moscow but in this article we’ll just focus on one:

All. The. Parks. There are so many.

Moscow is one of the greenest capitals and major cities in Europe, having more than 40% of its city covered by greenery. Does that shock you? It did me when I first heard it. But the more I wandered and explored, the more I definitely agreed with it. Moscow has parks and forests everywhere. Literally everywhere. And they are fabulous.

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The most famous of Moscow’s parks is Gorky Park, but there are also many other parks worth visiting as well! Izmaylovsky Park, Kolomenskoye Park, Sokolniki Park, Neskuchny Garden, and Tsaritsyno Park are just a few of the many parks you should check out when you visit Moscow. In the spring they all burst forth with beautiful blossoms and buds and are some of the prettiest parks I’ve ever seen.

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Fountains, music, and a rainbow at Tsaritsyno Park.

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Getting away from the urban city center and traffic and crush of bodies jamming the sidewalks (if there happened to not be cars parked on them, that is) was always good for my soul and it will be for yours as well. Walking through lush, verdant forests laden with flower gardens everywhere you look is such a delight to the senses. I couldn’t get enough of Moscow’s parks and the Muscovite love of planting flowers everywhere.

Just look at all this beauty.

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One of many hundreds of blossoming apple trees in Kolomenskoye Park

 

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There are so many different paths and bridges and lanes to wander down while exploring Moscow’s many unique parks.

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Wandering down a path in Filevesky Park

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Autumn in Moscow is gorgeous and Vorontsovsky Park is one of the best places to see fall color

The beautiful leaf-covered parks suddenly turn white overnight when winter hits, and the first snow falls, but the white blanket of snow and the colorful art installations that pop up just give you a whole new park experience. Moscow’s parks are worth visiting in any season!

Wintertime in Gorky Park
Wintertime in Gorky Park
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In the winter, Gorky Park turns into a giant ice skating rink.

Have you been to Moscow? Did you get away from the city center and do some exploring? What were your favorite parks?

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