Pushkin Square

Historically known as Strastnaya Square, Phuskin Square or Pushkinskaya Square (renamed in 1937), is located at the junction of the Boulevard Ring and Tverskaya Street, 2 kilometers northwest of the Kremlin. It was named after Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, a Russian author of the Romantic era, who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

Pushkin Square

I came across an article online (published a few months ago) which states that the plans for an underground shopping mall which was initiated a couple of years ago by its former mayor has been scrapped by the current local administration. The exact reason wasn’t specified on the article but I guess one of the things that they want to avoid is the disruption that the construction may cause especially since Pushkin Square is not only one of the busiest city squares in Moscow but also in the world. A major construction project will surely be an inconvenience to the public. Had it pushed through, those handling the project would have to plan for it carefully including how they will be able to store all their construction equipment, parts, ReidSupply screws, and construction materials safely and securely. The safety of the crew and the public is a major concern for a construction project regardless of how small or massive it may be.

*Postcrossing Postcard # 70 from Ksenia of Moscow.

Minsk Railway Station Square

 

Minsk Passazhirsky (Minsk Passenger Station) is the main passenger rail terminal in Belarus. It is located in the centre of Minsk. It is sometimes called Minsk Ploshchad Lenina due to the metro station serving the terminal, or simply Minsk. (source: Wikipedia)

Minsk now has one of the most modern and up-to-date railway stations. This postcard features the night time view of the two buildings located at the front of the terminal. I browsed online for photos of its interior and I must say, I am truly impressed by how big and spacious it is. It’s like being in one of the most modern airports or shopping malls in the world. They have all the amenities that passengers may need including banks, restaurants and shops that offer a wide variety of items. I wouldn’t be surprised if aside from the usual items such as clothes or gift items, one can find stores there you can buy home fixtures, appliances, musical instruments and accessories similar to the genelec speakers at Guitar Center. I’m sure passengers will not be bored while they wait for their train because there are so many things that they can do while they are inside this grand railway station.

*Postcrossing postcard # 69 from Nastassia of Belarus.

Fennec Fox

 

The fennec fox or fennec (Vulpes zerda) is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara of North Africa. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which serve to dissipate heat. Its name comes from the Arabic word ??? (fanak), which means fox, and the species name zerda comes from the Greek word xeros which means dry, referring to the fox’s habitat. The fennec is the smallest species of canid in the world. Its coat, ears, and kidney functions have adapted to high-temperature, low-water, desert environments. In addition, its hearing is sensitive enough to hear prey moving underground. It mainly eats insects, small mammals, and birds. (source)

 

*Postcrossing postcard #67 & #68 from Ksenya and Anna of Russia.