Staying Warm in Russia with Fur and Vodka

June 17, 2010

Here I am standing on the frozen Patriarch’s Pond while being interviewed for a TV show on Russia Today.

Russians joke that spring and autumn each last two weeks, summer is a month, and the remaining ten months are winter. That’s true, but winter can be lovely in Moscow. This winter we have had much colder temperatures than last winter, but lots and lots of sunny days with blue, blue skies.

If you are coming to Moscow in the winter, there’s no need to stock up on winter gear at home. The Russians, especially the Russian women, stay warm and stylish. For fur hats, go to the flea market at Izmailovsky (open weekends, Metro stop Partizanskaya). For coats (fur, sheepskin, and down-filled) try the shopping center just outside Metro stop Konkovo. You can buy lovely handmade wool socks on any street corner.

And then there’s plenty of Russian vodka if all else fails.

Once you are properly bundled, try one of the ice sculpture parks: the Botanical Gardens on Prospekt Mira or the Hermitage Gardens just to name two.

About Amanda Surbey

Originally from Ohio, Amanda Surbey was bitten by the travel bug when she spent a summer as an exchange student in Australia. Before she followed The Spouse (a US lawyer also from Ohio) to Luxembourg, they lived in Taiwan (where they met), South Florida (it’s sort of a foreign country), Buenos Aires (where their youngest was born), Bratislava, SK (their longest gig: 7 years), and Moscow. She likes it here. Follow her travels at
The Beet Goes On.

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