We took advantage of a short break in single-digit temperatures to visit the Tolstoi House Museum here in Moscow, not far from home. Tolstoi, whom you likely know from such novels as Anna Karenina and War and Peace, lived here with his family in the late 1800s (1882-1901, according to the sign above) and worshipped at a church just down the road.
The house was well preserved, and the descriptions of each room were surprisingly detailed (in Russian and English). The babushka-docents were also very friendly and quite eager to tell us more about what we were looking at in each room. All in all, a very cool place to visit if you're in Moscow, especially if you're a fan of the writer - which you really ought to be.
|The entrance to the main house.|
|Kyra n me.|
|Tolstoi apparently called this drawing room "dull." Presumably he was referring to the conversation and not the decor?|
|The girls, of course, loved it. Just their style.|
|Ainsley suggested I wear a dress like this to next year's Marine Ball.|
|He learned to ride a bike in his 60s. There's his bicycle.|
|Apparently he also made shoes as a hobby. See them there under his coats?|
|And, according to the signage, he lifted weights with these very dumbbells. He may have been a better writer than I, but I'll bet I could have beaten him in a deadlift competition.|
|...and Ainsley, goofing off.|
|Ainsley n me. Note the dog house behind us.|
|The end result.|
And that's it. By now we were frozen solid, so we headed home for cocoa, popcorn and a movie. All in all, a good day.