NARVA, ESTONIA πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ: DAILY LIFE

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Alexander’s Church (Estonian: Aleksandri Suurkirik) is a church of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Narva, Estonia. Narva Church’s original cornerstone was laid in summer 1881. It was congregated after Emperor Alexander II in fall 1883, after his assassination earlier in spring. Alexander ll was the Emperor of Russia, King of Congress Poland and Grand Duke of Finland from 2 March 1855 until his assassination. His most significant reform as emperor was emancipation of Russia’s serfs in 1861, for which he is known as Alexander the Liberator. The church was consecrated on 9 June 1884. It was given cathedral status on 19 September 2000. (notes from wiki)
I find old wooden buildings in old Soviet republics so striking because it makes you think in awe of how they survived wars and occupations. Or did they? Maybe they came to be after those times. But, it doesn’t look like it.
Panoramic view. Narva is a quiet town. There are many opportunities to get β€˜people-less’ shots.

Narva, Estonia πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ September 2021

NARVA, ESTONIA: ACROSS THE RIVER

Castle on the left, is in Estonia. To the right, across the Narva River, is Ivangorod, Russia. You can see the Russian flag.
Standing above the promenade, looking at Russia across the river.
Old Gates from around the 1520s.

4september 2021

CHISINAU, MOLDOVA GRAFFITI: “DEAR EU, PLEASE ACCEPT US”

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Here is some graffiti depicting a Moldovan mother and child walking up a path to the European Union. The Republic ofΒ Moldova has been actively pursuing European Union membership for years. But, due to its poverty level (the poorest of any countries pursuingΒ membership) and its ongoing Transnistrian dispute (Transnistria is anΒ independently formed breakaway republic backed by, you guessed it, Russia), the EU has not been willing to accept the country. The EU has set up shop in Chisinau (since 2005) and is trying to ‘help’ with the conflict in order to (possibly) eventually bring Moldova into the Union, as Moldova has desperately tried to gain entry for so long… – I’m taking a road trip to Transnistria today, as I wish to see it for myself.

7july17. Chisinau, Moldova.

 

KIEV, UKRAINE: IT’S A POWDER KEG, CEASEFIRE NO MORE…

Images you’re about to see from today, February 22, 2015:

~ Gathering of Ukrainians at St. Michael’s Cathedral Square

~ Mobile film stations were set up in the square by the Ukrainian Military Defense to show the Ukrainian people “evidence” of the current Russian aggression.

~ Children are laughing and smiling, climbing on tanks (seemingly unaware of the real horrors occurring in Donetsk, Debaltseve…)

~ Burnt out cars (bombed, shelled) from the war with Russia (and the Separatists) brought in from Donetsk, Debaltseve with Ukrainians (and their children) getting up close and peering into them.

~ Waving of Ukrainian flags (blue & yellow) and “a black and red flag, this one raised by pro-Ukraine protesters, belongs to the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). The members were Ukrainian nationalists who fought against both sides in WW2 for an independent Ukraine – even resorting to collaborating with the German army as a tactical strategy to achieve nationalist goals. Some accuse them of murdering Jews and Poles, so in Russia this flag is regarded as fascist. (BBC News)

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22feb15. Kiev, Ukraine.