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My Mother : Paola Volkova – Unpublished Mother Loss Memoir

7.04.2020 Posted in Red Art, Red History, Red Writing No Comments

My Mother : Paola Volkova – Unpublished Mother Loss Memoir Part 1 15 March 2014 Dearest Mom, today is the first anniversary of your death. In the Orthodox religion this date has something to do with the soul finally reaching its final destination. A pivotal moment for your future. Family and friends get together to mark this moment together with the deceased. They will meet in Moscow. I decided that I would not attend. I would stay at home in Paris. I woke up early this morning to spend the whole day with you. From my window I saw the first rays of the rising sun over Sacré Coeur basilica. How to explain my decision not to come? I used the pretext of having too much work to do. The family has probably found my excuse disrespectful. But I could not face going there, to smile and talk. I could not even look at your pictures. ***** Most of all I miss that tenderly-sarcastic look in your blue eyes. It is far away. Somewhere in the skies. Sociable as you were, by now you must have met most of your friends – the poet and screenwriter Tonino Guerra, film directors Andrey Tarkovski and Theodore Angelopoulos, and those you would have liked to have met while you were here – painters Giotto di Bondone, Sandro Botticelli and Kasimir Malevich – to discuss with them the indefinable mystery of great works of art. ****** Your death was unexpected. You were 82. I […]


Five Red Things to do in Moscow

24.09.2013 Posted in Red Travel No Comments

I spent the last week of August in Moscow. This time I visited my hometown with my husband’s family from Paris who decided to spend a part of their vacation in the capital of Russia. Moscow is a city going through a perpetual change. Every time I set foot in the city limits, I keep discovering new places to see, restaurants to go to and events to attend. Here are the best Five Red things to do in Moscow:   Red Square. If you have time – visit the Kremlin and its Treasury, which exhibits the Romanov Crown Jewels, including a collection of diamonds, Faberge Imperial Eggs, and the Imperial Crown of Russia decorated with large red spinel weighing 398.752 carats. If not, have a creamy raspberry Russian ice cream marozhnoye (one of my American friends remarked that it is made with 8% cream, whereas American whole milk is only 4% cream) on one the terraces of the GOUM coffee shops with a view of St Basil’s Cathedral.     Metro.  Visit the Metro with its Crystal chandeliers, molded ceilings and marble statues. One of the most beautiful stations is Kievskaya, on the Circle line, with magnificent 1950 mosaics depicting scenes from Soviet history.   The Flea Market is a bit away from the centre. It can be easily reached by metro – get off at the Partizanskaya station and follow the crowd. The market has a large selection of Soviet memorabilia, wooden black Palekh boxes (miniature painted boxes made in the Palekh region) […]