The Olympic games have begun in Russia. Maybe it’s because I am of Polish and Ukrainian descent, but I am fascinated by Russia. I especially love the colorful St. Basil’s cathedral that looks like something out of Candy Land. It was built in 1555 on orders from Ivan the Terrible. I so hope to be able to visit it someday.
I am also intrigued by the story of the Russian Czar Nicholas Romanov, his daughter Anastasia and his family that were all brutally murdered. I love the beautiful wooden Matryoshka nesting dolls where each one fits so perfectly inside the other. Russian painted eggs or jeweled Faberge eggs are another beautiful Russian creation.
It is the largest country on earth which spans 11 time zones, has over 40 national parks and Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world. A place where grandmothers are called babushkas, people eat beet soup and chess is a national obsession. Although Russia has had a dark past, it also has had moments of great beauty.