Some buildings of Chisinau
a vintage Soviet Amusement Park for children in Chisinau
soviet-style mosaic on the streets of Kiev, Ukraine
from the photo book “Artek, a summer in Crimea” (Artek, un été en Crimée) by Claudine Doury
and many more photos from this book - HERE
Claudine Doury is a French photographer living in Paris.
She chose two main themes for her reports: exploring the changes in Eastern Europe, as well as the metamorphosis of juvenile period of life.
250 flats! WOW! *_* How many buildings?
one building, a 9-story one. with 7 “parts”, there are 7 entrances, not sure how they are called in English. 4 flats on every floor… thus 7x9x4 - 252 flats.
pretty ugly building, as many of this type in Chisinau… soviets were building them for the young working people :)
the white thing is called zephyr… a sweet thing popular in ex-soviet countries. on the Russian wiki it’s written that it dates back to ancient Greece…and therefore the God name. it’s mainly made out of egg white and sugar… and i read here and there that it also contains pureed apple (or other fruit) and pectin. they are not baked, just put in seashell-shaped “cups” and left to dry out. sometimes they are coated with chocolate.
and due to pectic, this thing is said to be healthy - link - health benefits of pectin
it might be somehow similar to Chocolate-coated marshmallow treats, I’ve tried the ones typical for Switzerland… indeed, somehow similar, but I prefer our version :)) The Swiss ones are more sticky…maybe less dried (?)
although the same ingredients, not similar to meringue - this one is baked and thus hard.
and not similar to the marshmallows that are popular in the US…those don’t have eggs.
p.s.: i just became a zephyr expert :))
and again some constructivism… this is one of the Academy of Economic Studies buildings
more constructivism from Chisinau. it’s a governmental and other official bodies building.
a movie called:
in Romanian - Satra
in Russian - Табор уходит в небо
in English - Queen of the Gypsies (or Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven)
it is a 1975 Soviet film… but the main people here are from Moldova - the director - Emil Loteanu; the lead roles - Svetlana Toma and Grigore Grigoriu, the composer - Eugeniu Doga…
well, most of them were working mainly in Moscow…cause such where the times.
anyway, if you happen to find this movie, watch it, truly beautiful… lots of love, wisdom, gypsy traditions, great music there… and gypsy fashion :)
after many years and various realities… to me true gypsies are the ones from the movie.
because of this movie, I fell in love with long large floral skirts… and when I had the possibility (around 7-8 years ago) I sew one (well, I paid and somebody else did the sewing)… this one