GORODSKOY PARK

Gorodskoy Park in the sunshine. Not the most beautiful park. More concrete than greenery, but well-maintained. A series of paths connected by roundabouts. Along the wider walkways, freshly painted green benches, shaded by overhanging wispy branches. So what was I doing in this nondescript park in the middle of Minsk? Well, that is a longer … Continue reading GORODSKOY PARK

J IS FOR JYVÄSKYLÄ, FINLAND

A STORY OF JEOPARDY IN JYVÄSKYLÄ Jyväskylä is the Athens of Finland, so they say, due to its role as an educational centre. It was the name given to it in the The Kalevala, the epic poem of collected folk lore and songs by Elias Lönnrot that is considered the national epic of Finland. Juriitta was … Continue reading J IS FOR JYVÄSKYLÄ, FINLAND

H IS FOR DEN HAAG (THE HAGUE), NETHERLANDS

A LETTER OF HOPE FROM DEN HAAG (THE HAGUE), NETHERLANDS 28th July 1899, Den Haag, Netherlands My Darling Alix, I hope you are keeping well in my absence, and that our new arrival, Maria Nikolaevna is not giving you sleepless nights. I long to be back with you and our girls in the Motherland and … Continue reading H IS FOR DEN HAAG (THE HAGUE), NETHERLANDS