Merry Christmas to you, dear readers. Sharing a bit of holiday cheer with scenes from my recent trip to Moscow and Dubai. With Russia in New Year-celebration mode (the country celebrates Orthodox Christmas on the 7th January), and UAE’s Dubai catering to a large expat population, the Christmas tree, decorative baubles, and snow (!) were a common theme throughout my December journey.
Wishing you as much light and joy as it brings me when looking over my photos. And a shout out to my guide from afar, my papa, and traveling companion, my mama, who was determined to navigate Moscow’s underground and ice-slicked streets despite my all-over-the-metro-map itinerary. Much love to you both in scorching Sydney on this Christmas Day, Australia time!
Light Show in Moscow’s Gorky Park
The GUM-Yarmarka markets and ice skating rink within the Red Square.
Outside our home-away-from-home, Swissotel Krasnye Holmy Hotel, Moscow (which is amazing by the way. More info to come on that property).
Flurries: I used the camera’s flash and unexpectedly, this is the effect I got.
The festive facade of an Italian cafe/restaurant in a lovely neighbourhood near the centre of Moscow.
Ded Moroz, or Father Frost, is Russia’s Santa Claus. Ded Moroz is said to bring presents to children, however, unlike the secretive Santa Claus, the gifts are often delivered “in person”, at New Year’s Eve parties and other New Year celebrations.*
A “Snoopy” decorated Christmas tree in a main hall of the Bolshoi Theatre.
Christmas in a Matryoshka doll.
Through the looking glass — at the indoor ski field in 25C+ Dubai.
A snowman, and a snow machine
More shops; a couple more Christmas trees.
And decorations at the most expensive, and largest, mall of them all – the Dubai Mall.