The festival of street theater and carnival culture

These days, 3 parks one after another will turn into a magical land where everything is arranged for its fabulous logic - the chairs will be hanging in the trees, bicycles on the lampposts, lights in the form of large colored lampshades, machinery from grass, trees made of plastic bottles.

Artists will help all visitors to orient correctly in this enchanted place. You will see a representation of Russian and foreign artists “Maracatu”, “Black Square”, “FireStyle”, “Mr. Pezho’s Wandering Dolls”, “Pavana” and “Cantiere Ikrea”. Headliner of the festival will be French theater “Malabar”.

August 10-12:

August 10 - Fri The first day in the Bauman Garden

August 11 - Sat Second Day in the Park Kuzminki

August 12 - Sat. Third Day in Gorky Park

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson Monument

Monument of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson was created by sculptor Andrei Orlov. Sculptural composition was installed at the Smolenskaya embankment nearby the embassy of Great Britain on April 27, 2007.

The event was timed to the 120th anniversary of the publication of Conan Doyle’s novel “A Study in Scarlet.”

Address: Smolenskaya Embankment, 10 (Smolenskaya metro).

Romantic Neskuchniy Garden

One of the most romantic places in Moscow - Neskuchniy garden. It is the largest and oldest park of the city center.

Closer to the Vorobievy Gory - more forest, trails, streams and gullies, close to Gorky Park - brick arched bridges, overgrown Ekaterininsky Pond, descend to the river with a statue of “Kupal’shitsa” and other monuments of park architecture.

At the entrance from the Leninsly Prospekt - tables, ping pong, tennis and chess club.

Abandoned Homestead Pokrovskoe-Streshnevo

At the entrance to the Pokrovskoe-Streshnevo neighbourhood you’ll see the old aristocratic estate.

High brick walls, gates with towers, high tower at the junction of the walls, behind the church are looking at you.

The manor house, the late XVIII-early XIX century with 2 floors with elements of Gothic style looks very unusual.

You can make a great photo shoot there.

Larisa Latynina vs Michael Phelps

We love sports, don’t we? And we love the Olympic Games even more. Two weeks of watching those competitions we never care about, hypnotized in front of the tv set with sports we don’t know about, with sportsmen we’ve never heard of… and yet we watch it.After all, they are the Olympic Games!

In the 2012 Summer Olympic in London, American swimmer Michael Phelps became a bigger legend than he already was. He’s now the sportsman with most Olympic medals in history. He surpassed former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina who held the record for 48 years.

Who is Larisa Latynima?

She is a 77 year old living legend, with her residence in a town not far from Moscow. Her life was linked to gymnastics since she was a kid when, after trying ballet, she turned to that sport. Between 1956 and 1964 she won 14 individual Olympic medals and four team medals. Her total of 18 Olympic medals was a record between 1964 until 2012. She still holds some records, like being the woman with most medals and other achievements related to the sport she practiced.

Latynina is credited with helping to establish the Soviet Union as a dominant force in gymnastics. She retired after the 1966 World Championships and became a coach for the Soviet national gymnastics team, a position she held until 1977. Under her coaching the Soviet women won team gold in the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics. She also organized the gymnastics competition at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.

The day her record was broken

On Tuesday July 31st 2012, when Michal Phelps beat Latynima’s record, she was there at the Aquatics Centre in London watching the swimming competition. She knew that what was going to happen and she wanted to be there. She told about it: “I saw him swim, and I saw my record swim away”. Larisa Latynima said that she doesn’t regret that her record was broken because Phelps deserved it.

“He did a great job. As an athlete, I could only be happy to see that there is such a talented athlete out there who was able to break that record”.

The record Phelps won’t take from her

No doubt that both Phelps and Latynima played a big role in sports history. Both broke records and Phelps took an important one from her. But there’s an achievement that only Larisa Tatynima could make. She won 5 gold medals in the World Championships in 1958 when she was four months pregnant. We’re sure Phelps won’t try to beat that one.

P.S. This post was written by my friend, one of the founders of the RussianForFree project – Jose. Let’s thank himand ask for a new posts and tips on learning Russian!

"Metro" Restaurant

Cosy, unusual place, made in the style of the Moscow subway train. Only instead of the metro scheme there is menu.

At the entrance the turnstile which (where people threw a coin in former times) from the old station is waiting for you. In the main hall - the escalator.

In the hall - soft leather seats, separated from each other by partitions. Each zone can fit about 10 people!

Behind the seats there is a real metro window with signs with stations names outside it. But stations are not usual ones - Golden Barrel, Velvet, Caramel, Amber - by types of beer.

Restaurant Address: metro Taganskaya, Verhnyaya Radishchevskaya ul. 2/1, phone 915-28-18

Sokolniki Park. The БАSSEЙН

In Sokolniki Park a new project “The BASSEYN” just have opened.Two pools of Italian and German production (one heated) are granted for leisure visitors, table games such as ping-pong, Frisbee Zone, yoga club, fitness club, rolled towels, sports equipment, lounge chairs, beach swing, changing rooms, showers as well as a café with summer terrace with 200 seats are available too.

Until mid-September “The БАSSEЙН” will run daily from 10.00 to 22.00. Entrance to the café area with a summer terrace - free of charge. For the weekend performance of DJs and pop starsis are scheduled as well.

The cost of “entrance + chaise lounge” - 200 roubles.
Address: Park “Sokolniki” Mitkovskii proezd.

Snails Lovers

Snails know how to love too. That’s such an unusual sculpture is located in one of the Kurkino neighbourhood’ courtyards.

Perhaps this image proclaims the love itself , and how it is depicted is not so important.

Address: Kurkino, 14 district (mikrorayon)


An awesome event - a concert of a world famous pop diva - Madonna, will take place in the Olympiysky stadium.

The concert will take place within the borders of a world tour, which started from May 29 with a concert in Tel Aviv.

Sexy Wild Child Madonna will perform her greatest hits and new songs for the fans that adore her so much!

August 7, 20.00
Ck “Olympic”
Tickets from 5500 rubles.

LatinoFest 2012

Festival of Latin American nations’s culture will take place in Moscow for residents and visitors.The main objective of the festival is to acquaint people with the culture of the peoples of Latin America.Participants: embassy, Latin America communities, dance and music groups from Latin America, restaurants, cafes, travel agencies, airlines, theme stores

In the days of the event park will be divided into several areas:
- Concert zone
- A zone of master classes
- restaurant
- Children zone- Exhibition (area for business projects, travel agencies, shops, communities)

Master classes for directions:

Dancing, Latin American cuisine, afrokosichki, photography (NG Traveler). A special concert program will be presenter for quests and participants.Competitions, a raffle on the partners of the event will take place as well.

4 - 5 August, the park-Presnya, metro st. 1905, Mantulinskaya Street., 5
Admission is free.