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Video: One-day Adventure: 5 Ideas For Short Trips From Moscow
New Year's holidays at home are not a reason to sit within four walls, but a great opportunity to explore your hometown and its surroundings. Even a short day trip can cheer you up, especially since in 2020 we all lacked nature and the notorious change of scenery. Take advantage of your free days - for this we have collected several fascinating routes in the Moscow region.
Last summer, the abandoned House of Writers' Creativity in Peredelkino near Moscow was restored and turned into a new cultural place of power - or rather, it returned this title. In the 1930s, the village became the country's first creative residence for writers: Boris Pasternak, Korney Chukovsky and Alexander Fadeev lived and worked here.
Although writers' museums remain closed due to pandemic restrictions, the House of Creativity continues to operate. On New Year's holidays it is worth coming here to take a walk in the silence of the pine trees and walk "The Hero's Way" - the current exhibition of DT based on Propp's "Morphology of a Fairy Tale
650 hectares around the village in the Kaluga region from year to year are occupied by outlandish art objects that become even more beautiful against the backdrop of snow-covered fields. Even guest houses have been turned into art here: for example, Villa PO-2 is a “participant” in Archstoyania-2018. On the territory of the Land Art Park, the Ugra cafe is open all year round, where you can warm up in between long walks.
There are two main routes to Nikola-Lenivets: along the Minsk and Kiev highway. Accommodation options and cultural program can be found on the website.
Another must-see literary place. A trip to the estate has every chance to inspire you to finally master War and Peace and get seriously carried away by the artistic world of Tolstoy. The museum-reserve is located in the Tula region, the journey by car will take about 3 hours, you can also get here by the morning "Swallow".
After the sightseeing tour, explore the territory on your own with an audio guide and try the famous Ankovsky Pie made by Sofia Andreyevna Tolstoy in a local cafe. On New Year's holidays, the Museum-Reserve offers one- and two-day comprehensive programs: full immersion in the atmosphere of the noble life is guaranteed.
The closest point of our guide to Moscow is the 18th century estate museum. The famous architectural ensemble in the classicist style emerged at the turn of the 18th-19th centuries, but the estate has been known from written sources since the time of Ivan the Terrible. Over the years, the property belonged to the Odoevsky, Golitsyn and Yusupovs (by the way, now the museum has an exhibition of porcelain from the collection of princes). You can walk through the Italian gardens and regular French parks of the estate every day from January 2 to 20:00, but the opening hours of the museum ticket offices are better to check on the website.
The town in the Vladimir region has been the home of the Art-Ovrag festival for 10 years, the main feature of which is the murals - huge graffiti on the walls of residential buildings, created by contemporary Russian artists. Last fall, the collection of street art was replenished with the most outstanding work - a huge fresco by Erik Bulatov. Two pictures of the living classic, "Stop, Go" in 1975 and "Barn in Normandy" in 2010, adorn the wall of one of the workshops of the Vyksa Steel Works (the other was painted by Misha Most). It is not easy to get to the territory of the city-forming enterprise, so it is better to book an excursion to VSW in advance.
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