From Russia with Love | A Postcard from WFMT Host Lisa Flynn

By Lisa Flynn |

Lisa Flynn and WFMT fans explore Red Square in Moscow, Russia

With its rich and distinctive musical heritage, Russia has been a place I’ve longed to visit for many years. I finally got my chance in September, joining a genial group of WFMT listeners and fellow music lovers for a fantastic adventure. We spent four days each in Moscow and St. Petersburg, immersing ourselves in the sights and culture of these amazing cities.

In Moscow, we walked the fortifications of the Kremlin and Red Square, rode the Metro subway with its beautifully decorated stations, and explored the Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery, where prominent artists and political leaders are buried. I was deeply moved to see the graves of some of my favorite composers and musicians – Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, and Mstislav Rostropovich.

After taking the high-speed train, we arrived in St. Petersburg with its scenic canals and bridges. Our time there included excursions to sumptuous palaces and a day-long visit to one of the world’s great art collections, the State Hermitage Museum.

We also enjoyed several amazing musical performances along the way. In Moscow, our group was treated to an opera rarely presented outside Russia – The Tsar’s Bride by Rimsky-Korsakov. In St. Petersburg, we saw a thrilling performance of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur conducted by Valery Gergiev at the sleek Mariinsky II Theater. We also spent a fun afternoon enjoying Russian folk music and dancing while sampling traditional foods and, of course, vodka!

I hope you enjoy these photos of our Russian adventure. We’d like to thank AHI Travel and our Travel Director, Sergei Pukhanov, for making this such an unforgettable trip.

State Historical Museum on Red Square, Moscow

Red Square, Moscow

Red Square, Moscow

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow

Bolshoi Theater, Moscow

Cathedral Square, Kremlin, Moscow

GUM Department Store, Moscow

String Quartet at Café Pushkin, Moscow

Dmitri Shostakovich’s Grave, Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow

Feodor Chaliapin’s Grave, Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow

Sergei Prokofiev’s Grave, Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow

Alexander Scriabin’s Grave, Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow

Galina Vishnevskaya & Mstislav Rostropovich’s Graves, Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow

Smolny Convent, St. Petersburg

Smolny Convent, St. Petersburg

St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Petersburg

St. Isaac’s Cathedral Interior, St. Petersburg

St. Isaac’s Cathedral Interior, St. Petersburg

View of Neva River, St. Petersburg

The Bronze Horseman Monument to Peter the Great, St. Petersburg

Folk Music at Podvorye restaurant, St. Petersburg

Great Hall, Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg

Grand Staircase, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Palace Square, St. Petersburg

Palace Square, St. Petersburg

  • Christa Velbel

    These are so beautiful! I hope to travel to Russia someday and will follow in your footsteps. I can only imagine the wonders of the music you heard…

  • David Wend

    Dear Lisa: I was originally in the group that was traveling to Russia but had to drop out. I hope you will consider another trip in the not too distant future. Thank you for sharing the photographs.