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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

ABC Wednesday: Y is for Yaroslavl, Russia

Reminiscent of the photos of elderly Russian grandmothers we used to see during the communist era, this lady would not, under the paternalistic Soviet government, have been required to sell flowers on the street. Here, her posture belies the brightly colored frilled papers holding her floral offerings. The change from communism to capitalism has not been ideal for many Russians.
A sign that many Russians now feel more like they're part of the world.
Here we are, the old blogista and her intrepid photographer, enjoying the lovely Russian city of Yaroslavl, located on the mighty Volga River.

As night fell over Yaroslavl, Dick caught another of his door-in-the-sky shots.

Posted for the letter Y at
ABC Wednesday
Mrs. Nesbitt's alphabetical meme, hosted weekly by Mrs. N. and her team.

24 comments:

Jo said...

The flower selling grandmother looks dejected. Sad. I love the photo of you and Dick in front of the beautiful building. Hope you're enjoying the New Year. Hugs to Lindy not forgetting yourself. Jo

photowannabe said...

Your first photo is so heart tugging. It should be labeled Futility.
Beautiful door in the sky shot too.

Paula Scott said...

OK-so how long were you visiting in Russia? It seems that you have been everywhere in that country! Once again, I am enjoying their unique architectural style via your wonderful photographs!
Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Roger Owen Green said...

That's sad. The economic systems are not always kind.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

anthonynorth said...

Great photos. Yes, they're increasingly back in the world nowadays.

Tammy said...

Beautiful pictures, every one!

jabblog said...

It takes a long time to move from one ideology to another and in the move the least advantaged always suffer.

Kim, USA said...

Beautiful photos. Without your blog I can't see Russia more closer ^_^ Happy New Year!

Y

Dianne said...

A wonderful selection of pics Kay. I love the flower seller - she doesn't portray confidence and a zest for life but maybe she's got troubles on her mind?

Leslie: said...

Maybe the younger generation of Russians will be better at democracy. Love your photos and wishing you a very happy New Year!

Leslie
abcw team

Hildred and Charles said...

Love that last phot of Dick's - and aptly named.

Mama Zen said...

Great shots! And, what an amazing place to visit.

EG Wow said...

Thanks for these photos as I'm pretty sure this is a place I would never see otherwise. How lucky you are to travel!

Tumblewords: said...

Exquisite photos that capture a variety of movement.

chubskulit said...

Kay, when are you going to take me as your chaperon hehehe.

Youth is my Y, have a great year of the dragon.

Fran said...

I think that because the grandmother is sitting next to a billboard advertising something about 'a great life' that it makes the shot even more poignant xxx

Gattina said...

That's very true what you say about communism, it was the same or maybe still is for Eastern Germany after the wall fell down.

icedgurl said...

trekking your lovely blog!!! thanks for sharing and keep posting! Happy New Year!

cheers!
..TREK..

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh! The first picture is sad but a great character study -- it leads one to think. Thanks for that and the other pictures of this interesting tour stop. And a great post for the letter.

Jenn Jilks said...

Beautiful photos. You do so well. I love the old woman. It is difficult switching from communism. Bribery is such an integral part of many societies, too.

Carola said...

Happy New Year!
Great to see you both in that shot, well composed.

Kay said...

Oh yea! That's a terrific photo of the two of you!

Francisca said...

Yaroslavl makes a fine Y post, especially with that lovely photo of the traveling duo!

Cezar and Léia said...

Your consideration about the second photo is quite interesting!
God bless you!
Cezar