Sadly this is my last day in Russia and Dad has a special plan for me, first off I received a text from him with this:
In the past Dad has always met me at the Metro Prospekt Mira Station which is the closest to my hotel. NOT THIS TIME!!! This is what he text me, "You have been in Moscow enough times and long enough to learn the Metro System by now, meet me at this station and do not be late."
I'll admit I was a little nervous and even thought of UBER to take me to where Dad told me to meet him. But after couple deep breaths, I regained my confidence back and out I go!!!
I made one mistake at the last change/transfer station and took the opposite direction but I caught myself and corrected it and headed back the right direction and reached my destination a few minutes early. When Dad met up with me, he smiled very big and gave me thumbs up.
I still had no idea where we are going to but Dad and I got into a UBER because where we are going, the METRO doesn't go there.
|It's a Beautiful Day in Moscow, Russia!!!|
The ride was very nice and we are definitely out of the city and heading to more into the countryside. And then we finally arrived at our destination!!!
We got dropped off literally at this beautiful grove to walk through.
|Another must take a pic moment!!!|
We arrived at this beautiful palace!!!
We are at the "Arkhangelskoye Palace"
From 1703 to 1810, Arkhangelskoye belonged to the Golitsyns. In 1810, Prince Nikolai Yusupov bought the estate, which stayed in the Yusupov family until the Russian Revolution. In 1917, the Yusupovs' property was nationalized by the Bolsheviks. Today, Arkhangelskoye is a state museum.
The estate is built in a neoclassical style by Jacob Guerne, with the prominent palace facing the Moscow river and a regular terraced park decorated with many antique statues. Other structures of note include a small palace named the Caprice, monuments to Catherine the Great and Alexander Pushkin and an 18th-century theatre designed by famous Italian theater set designer Pietro Gonzaga (1751–1831). Arkhangelskoye's oldest building is the church of Archangel Michael (1646). Among the other buildings are Saint Gates (1825–26), the uncompleted "Colonnade" («Колоннада»; constructed from 1909–16), which was intended to be a mausoleum for the elder son of the last Princess Yusupova and now as an exhibition hall, and two extensions of the sanatorium built in the 1930s.
The estate is famous for its collection of fine art including paintings, sculptures, furnitures, ceramics and interior.
|This is my favorite room.|
|The Chandelier is hypnotic!!!|
Dad knows me well, he knows I love to appreciate ARTS and HISTORY, which is funny because during high school, HISTORY was my least favorite along with ENGLISH!!!
After our tour through the Palace, we continued to enjoy the outdoors.
|Rebuilding a Russian Orthodox Church.|
After our tour Dad is hungry and so am I.
We got an UBER and headed back into the city and stopped at this place, Kafe "Vkus Vostoka"
I'm so happy to know that Dad and I have a lot in common when it comes to leisure, foods, and drinks. We really connect well through our hearts and soul.
And every time we part ways, I get so emotional and hate it because I miss him so much and love him more. He is indeed a very dear friend of mine and I'm so happy to call him Dad/Papa because he treats me like one of his own.
Thank you so much Dad for hosting me again and I always look forward to seeing you every year for as long as I can. I have learned so much more about humanity and that is the beautiful part of it all, ONLY LOVE CAN MAKE IT POSSIBLE!!!
I LOVE AND MISS YOU DAD.
ALOHA A HUI HOU!!!
MY FAREWELL VIDEO!!!
Thank You Everyone in Russia for always making my stay here very warm and memorable. I will return soon and continue to grow my friendship with all of you!!!