Many city-dwelling Russians own a small plot of land and a rustic cabin that provides a welcome getaway from the stuffy polluted air, the noise, and the pressures of everyday life. These dachas are usually just on the outskirts of the city and easily accessible by public transportation. In the last few years, others have purchased land and old houses in nearby villages to improve, restore, rebuild, and have something wonderful for their future. I’ve enjoyed several days in these fresh-air havens this trip, and want to share some moments with you. As we all know, food always tastes better when eaten outdoors!
Munching on just-picked green onions and watching the unshackled joy of a dog released to roam freely. Enjoying the comraderie of a family building something together–a piece of a dream for four generations. Picnicking Russian style with soup, country pancakes, bread fresh from the village bakery and homemade cherry wine.
Having girl talk next to the fishing pond–details only revealed to the breeze and the chorus of frogs that sang only when we were silent.
Russian frogs don’t say “ribbett”
Father and son clearing away a place for mom’s flower garden.
Straight from the pages of Victorian Homes…don’t you think?
Do I have a future in photo journalism?
Near the Volga there are dachas in these beautiful forests. I walked here yesterday.
Galina Filippova says
WOW, this is the best worded narration of the entire blog!!!! How poetic and heartfelt; it just brings me there, to that open air table, to the blooming apple trees, to the pond and to the old wooden window with KVAS behind its glass:)
“Having girl talk next to the fishing pond–details only revealed to the breeze and the chorus of frogs that sang only when we were silent.” – Just reading this stirs up deep emotions of reminiscences in me. Thank you for the time it took to post the pictures and especially the story!:) And – No, never heard the Russian frogs say “ribbett”. They say “KWAAH, KWAAAH, KWAH”, hahahah!!!!:):):)
I’m so happy that I stirred something in you! These outdoor times truly refreshed me too.