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~   Alberto Villoldo  (via elige)
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One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.

These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.


They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.

These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.

And the metro is always this clean.

In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.

Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.

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Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose - John Singer SargentOil on canvasc. 1885
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"Mrs. Louis Raphael" (detail) by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925).
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V12 Zagato.
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That one palm tree
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McLaren F1 on the streets of Carmel, CA.
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Vladimir Sorokin, from Day of the Oprichnik: A Novel (Translated by Jamey Gambrell)


(via aeromanova)


Николай II на Ходынском поле, после окончания парада (12 мая 1896 года).

Nicholas II on Khodynka Field, after the end of parade (May 12, 1896).
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Canvas  by  andbamnan