Even those Muscovites who for some reason resent agricultural work at their dachas - or have none - will not spend all the long and warm May holidays in the city. For at least a day everyone wants to leave Moscow behind. A bike or a train, a car or a bus would take you to the emerald fields and gardens in blossom, as if covered by thick and puffy white foam...
Bicycles are abundant not only on the trails in the woods around Moscow or countryside roads (speaking of countryside roads - there is a story about one of them posted 2 years ago). On holidays, when traffic is low, there are lots of them all over the city. Actually, not only bikers, but even road workers take advantage of light traffic - and the picture below shows it.
I am too lazy now to describe each photo. Here are a few of them - assorted with no special idea. Just take a look ;)
Vorobievy Hills, the high and steep river bank in front the building of Moscow State University (MSU) is the right place to enjoy outdoors almost in the middle of the city. The observation point overlooking the entire city is a part of any good bus excursion across Moscow. However, it is an attraction for Muscovites, not only visitors. MSU students living in the dorms not too far away also like to hang out all over the place. On a sunny May day, they do it with all possible gadgets.
Moscow, unlike St. Petersburg, cannot boast about white nights even in summer. In early May, nights are early enough and dark. Well, it makes the moon look more impressive, of course. (Maybe it is just proud to float above the White House with Russian flag and MacDonalds that needs no flags to be recognized anywhere in the world.) And golden light of sunset makes the city look magical.
Anyway, summer has come early in 2001- that means we will have to see more grimaces of weather soon. Hopefully, not snow - but inevitably some cold rains and too much overcast skies. And only later the real summer will come, and with it, the time for the next illustrated story here... See you! Some time in late June...
Andrey - firstname.lastname@example.org