In Алматы: My friend, Dina, invited me to her hometown, Almaty, the cultural capital of Kazakhstan. She and her mother, Leila, treated me to wonderful Kazakh cuisine!
Here was our New Years’s feast:
In Almaty, I quite enjoyed walking around Panfilov Park. Ascension Cathedral was the highlight. This Russian Orthodox cathedral made entirely of wood and stone – without the use of a single nail – miraculously survived Almaty’s 1911 earthquake. Here’s a photo from inside of the cathedral:
Other important park sights include war memorial for the 28 guardsmen who defended Moscow from a German invasion during World War II and the National Museum of Folk Instruments.