Friday night on Tverskaya

Tverskaya-Yamskaya Street is one of Moscow’s oldest and most famous boulevards. Constructed as early as possibly the 12th century (according to Wikipedia) as a thoroughfare leading to the city of Tver, it’s always been one of the city’s more fashionable districts. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was a posh place for the rich, famous, and well-connected to build their homes. Under the Soviets it was lined with government offices, ugly hotels, and thick-walled Stalinist-style apartment blocks.

Now the street stretches from Manezh Square near the Kremlin, through the fountains at Pushkin Square, and on to end at Belorussky Train Station near Moscow’s traffic-choked Garden Ring Road. It’s a popular tourist destination, and houses some of the citiy’s most expensive clothing boutiques, and swank restaurants.

After a long week of work, my husband and I decided to celebrate our (and a friend’s) recent job hunting successes and promotions, and grabbed a table at Trattoria Venezia near Pushkinskaya Ploschad. After a delicious meal, toasts to the careers and successes God has given us, and thanks for answered prayers, economist husband and I decided to enjoy the hot July evening with a walk down Tverskaya Street.

We used to go on a lot more walks when we were dating, and Tverskaya was one of our favorite haunts, so the night felt a bit like a step back in time. Here are some pictures from the stroll…what a fantastic way to end the week!

Lots of people out enjoying the summer heat

Lots of people out enjoying the summer heat

fashion boutiques

EXPENSIVE fashion boutiques

Mayakovsky Square with a Stalin Tower in the distance

Mayakovsky Square with a Stalin Tower in the distance

summer sunset over city traffic

summer sunset over city traffic

Gorgeous cathedral and business center by Belorusskaya Station

Gorgeous cathedral and business center by Belorusskaya Station

Past 10:30 and still light with lots of people out enjoying themselves...

Past 10:30 and still light with lots of people out enjoying themselves...

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