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Monday, March 26, 2012

Trevor in Moscow with TOYHOP!

Recently we had some very exciting news: a Toy Tourist from USA visited us in Moscow! Say “hi” to Trevor! He is from New Jersey (east coast of the US) and he’s never been to Russia before. So I became his best friend and tour guide in Moscow. On the first day we visited Red Square, took pictures in front of the main sights that all the tourists always desire to see: the Square itself, St. Basil’s Cathedral, The State Historical Museum, Kremlin walls, mausoleum of Lenin etc. We also saw a big skating rink right in the middle of Red Square – it’s a special attraction here from November till March. It was a pretty cold day but at the same time it was bright and mostly sunny. I gave Trevor my favorite knitted hat to make sure he’s warm and is enjoying our walks. For lunch we stopped in a sushi cafĂ© and enjoyed hot soup with shark meat!

That's all for today, more photos can be found on Facebook!
Stay warm!
Michael TheMonkey

Thursday, March 22, 2012

ToyPortraits: Results!

Let me present you our Valentine's Day contest winners and their custom ToyPortraits

And this is Captain Bossy Socks:

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

St. Patrick's Day in Moscow

This is what St. Patrick's Day Parade in Moscow looks like! It was held on Arbat street on the 17th of March. It was the first St. Patrick's  parade I took part in, so I decided to learn more about the holiday.

Saint Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock. And this stems from a more bona fide Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day. 

Now people in many countries around the world celebrate this day by wearing green, meeting up with the friends and going to pubs. I made a list of the best known Moscow Irish pubs, here they are:

The Shamrock Pub - Moscow’s first Irish pub founded way back in 1991: good Irish food, nice atmosphere and beer on Novy Arbat street in the center of the city.

Molly Gwynn's Pub is also on Novy Arbat so if you are done with the Shamrock you can continue the adventures :-)

John Bull Pub (metro Barrikadnaya/Ulitsa 1905 Goda and Smolenskaya) - there are two of them in Moscow - it's an English-style pub with a nice interior, good food but very high prices on beers.

Rosie O'Grady's by metro Park Kultury is part of a restaurant chain offering European and Asian food as well as Guinness, Harp and other Irish beers.

Katie O'Shea's at Grigolsky pereulok near Prospect Mira (the same street as the Irish Embassy) - serves excellent Guinness and Sunday lunch.

Silver's Irish Pub (metro Okhotny Ryad) is a little too small and too smoky but fun.

So this is it with my little research, I hope you had a very nice and green 17th of March!

Michael TheMonkey