Moscow, USSR

This is a postcard from 1964. The Friendship House was originally built in 1897 for the wealthy Morozov family. After traveling in Spain, the architect fashioned it after the Moorish style incorporating features of a building he saw in Salamanca. The facade is covered in sea shells.

Casa de las Conchas, Salamanca.

The Morozov building is now used to house visiting foreign delegations.

Cosmonauts Day

April 12 is International Day of Human Space Flight. It commemorates the anniversary of the first human manned space flight buy Yuri Gargarin on April 12, 1961. Gargarin was 27 years old and he circled the Earth for 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Here I am holding my child up against the statue of Yuri Gargarin in Moscow, Russia. I love that statue.

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