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Victory Day in Russia.

Victory Day is one of the greatest holidays in Russia. It is a  celebration of the end of the World War II, which killed millions of people.  This day, May 9,1945, will forever  remain in history and will always remind people of  those horrible days, starvation, devastation, loss of loved ones and bloody battles.  Victory Day is a big and memorable day for every family in Russia. Almost every family has relatives and friends who fought or died in this horrible war. Our parents who were growing up in the war, remember these terrible days as well.  When the war just started, whole country, regardless of nationalities ( USSR included 15 repablics and more then 100 nationalities.), united and stood up to defend their homeland.  Most European countries celebrate Remembrance or Victory day earlier – on May 8.  In the USSR and Russia now the Victory Day is celebrated on May 9 and in 2021 it will be  the 76th anniversary of victory in the WWII.  Why do Europe and Russia celebrate Victory on different days?  The answer is very simple: the difference in time zones.  The German Instrument of Surrender was signed late in the evening on May 8, 1945, at 22:43 and in Moscow was already 00:43, May 9. The Soviet government announced the Victory on May 9.  The solemn parade in honor of the Victory in World War II was held on June 24, 1945,  on Red Square, in Moscow.  On that day, the Soviet government and people laid flowers at the Lenin Mausoleum and  the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, who died in the war fiercely defending their homeland.The whole country had one minute of silence and in the evening was big celebrations and  fireworks.  Since then, every year people have celebrated Victory Day, but not every year there was a military parade.   The fourth paradeContinue reading “Victory Day in Russia.”

Victory in Europe Day.

My Dear Friends!  Today, on May 8, Europe celebrates Victory in Europe Day or V-E Day!   V-E Day marks the end of the World War II in Europe and victory of the Allied Forces in 1945. About 70 million people were killed in this most terrible war of the 20th century.  Many thanks to everyone who defended Europe from Nazism! Continue reading “Victory in Europe Day.”

Rome: where to see Caravaggio’s masterpieces.

Italy is a very popular travel destination and wonderful historic country. It is one of the world’s centres of magnificent art, architecture, literature, music, and fashion. Italian people have an amazing cuisine and such romantic language.   Italy carries a unique art collection carefully preserved through centuries. Museums and galleries have an inspiring work by notable paintersContinue reading “Rome: where to see Caravaggio’s masterpieces.”

How to choose restaurants when you travel.

Every country has its own national cuisine: food which is favorite and most often eaten within this area. National dishes are part of the local culture, as well as a popular “attraction” for any tourist.  Tasting traditional and popular food from other countries is always part of my journey. It helps to better understand the culture, localContinue reading “How to choose restaurants when you travel.”

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