Note: I'm trying to learn a new version of Blogger's uploader and have succeeded in making a major mess. I've reverted back to the old method but the sizing from the new loader does not fit properly into my layout. As I have put hours into this post already (and have better things to do at the moment) I'm just going to publish it. Future posts should fit better (I hope). Please bear with me. I apologize for my shortcomings.
The colorful rooftops and the fanciful architecture of the Izmailovo Kremlin (fortress) in Moscow reminds me a bit of Disney World's Epcot Center. This collection of new buildings in old Russian styles is a famous market and cultural area with several museums. Unfortunately, nearly everything was closed the weekday that I visited.
I found an unlocked door and walked into one of the dining halls as it was being decorated for a dinner. Wow.
I'm guessing this represents some Russian folk tale:
These pretty rooftops reminded me a bit of Beaune, France. See this earlier post for your own comparison.
I would love to live in a small log cabin with these fairy tale window shutters. Funny, they appear to be too small to cover the window. I can't imagine that they would be purely decorative in old times. I wish I had a guide to answer my questions!
I love the unusual shape of the wooden Church of St. Nicholas; what fantastic architecture!
I like this view even better. What a great, curvaceous roof line. What a beautiful use of wood.
This front door looked inviting and and the style seems comfortable yet festive. I'm so inspired by these log structures I find I'm designing a small log cabin for us in my head. This entry with the carved pillars, stones and vines will do nicely.
It's not beneath me to take photos of trash cans. Especially one this unusual.
I do love this balcony and can't help but wonder how long it took to carve it. Imagine standing here looking into a forest of evergreens...ahhh.