Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Tots Around Town Tuesdays: Victory Park and Great Patriotic War museum
Today we hopped on the trolley with E and A and headed to Victory Park. The forecast had promised no rain until the afternoon, but a few minutes after we disembarked, it started to drizzle. This was an improvement over the last time we went to Victory Park (in early January, when the windchill was somewhere around 7 degrees F). But even the fountains and tulips can't conceal that this park, dedicated to the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War (known to you and me as WWII), is really ugly.
We headed into the museum. There was some kerfluffle over whether or not we could enter with strollers. After a 15-minute wait in the lobby, during which one of the security guards went to discuss our dilemma with the museum administrator, they let us through. We were given special access to the elevator and strict instructions to let the exhibit monitors (a cadre of fierce old women) know that our strollers were allowed at the permission of the museum administrator.
I hadn't even known that it was there, but I'm so glad we went, because it was an excellent museum, if jarringly and unapologetically Soviet.
And, bonus, the girls were pretty well behaved, even despite getting a little wet because their mama forgot to pack the rain cover.