I gotta say one of the best places on earth to experience this joyous season is Yasnaya Polyana, just outside of Tula, Russia. Yasnaya Polyana is the estate of Leo Tolstoy and one of the most peaceful places on earth. While it takes about 2 hours to get to Yasnaya Polyana from Moscow, it’s definitely worth the trip.
Quick Tip: The cheapest way to get to Tula from Moscow is to take the green metro line to “Tsaritsino.” Once you come out of the metro, you will walk across the street and you will see a few route taxis (“marshrutki”) parked outside of a small convenience store. It’s not the most comfortable of rides, but it’s certainly the best price. This will take you all the way to the bus station in Tula where you can get another route taxi to Yasnaya Polyana.
Check it out!
This is the path leading up to the estate.
This is Tolstoy’s house. You have to put these little shoes on in order to go in to the home. The home has a great library and Tolstoy even has a Book of Mormon in his library.
Here is the pond near the estate.
One of the many paths where you can stroll.
Larisa and I playing in the leaves. Sorry to whoever raked them into such a nice pile that we so gleefully destroyed.
“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.” –Leo Tolstoy