I don’t usually post stories or videos that I create at work on my personal web sites, but I do like this Russian one, “Moscow in Photos: 12 Reasons Why We Love Red Square and the Kremlin,” published today. I loved living and working in Moscow: under Brezhnev and communism, under Gorbachev and perestroika, under Yeltsin and upheaval, and now visiting there under Putin and politics. I can’t begin to count the number of times I visited UNESCO-listed Red Square and the adjacent Kremlin, yet I still get chills at the sight of those crazy-colored, onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the icon of Red Square.
It seemed effortless putting this massive story together. I found and sweetened all the photos; several are my vintage photos from long ago. I also shot and edited my videos of the bell-ringing at historic Kazan Cathedral (the “pink church”) in Red Square, and of course the research, writing and HTML anchor- linking are all my own. The only struggle was being asked to remove all the Russian Cyrillic words I had added to describe places, like Красная площадь (Red Square) or Кремль (Kremlin). Whatever.
At work, they SEO-titled it “Moscow in Photos: 12 Reasons Why We Love Red Square and the Kremlin,“ but I would probably call it – with no consideration to SEO – “Why I Keep Falling in Love with Moscow,” or something like “To Russia, With Love.”