On the way we stopped at one of the war memorial parks that mark the line where the German army was stopped in their march on Moscow during the Second World War. Which makes you aware just how close they got to the city, before the Russians - with a huge cost of life - fought them back.
I am an accidental Muscovite, swopping a lifetime in London for Russia. Join me in the confusions, pleasures and - hopefully - moments of insight that going somewhere else can provoke.
and the follow-up...
If you have enjoyed this blog, then come and visit me elsewhere - now I have found myself accidentally in Sydney, Australia. This is a city that seems very straightforward on the surface - so I hope to look behind appearances.