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!