I was very young when I first saw Dr. Zhivago. David Lean’s expansive Siberian landscapes and poetic narrative cast a spell. So much so that I spent my entire savings at that time to make a Russian trip my first adventure overseas. The trip did not disappoint. The scale. The cultural differences. Color, shape, design, history. Stunning.
Being half Lithuanian contributed a romantic kinship to the fascination. When I found this image of Belogorsk Monastery in Perm, Russia, the same sense of wonder and beauty came over me. This is how it will always be when I see the Russian landscape frosted with wedding dress white or dotted with crown gold onion domes. Wonder and beauty—meraviglia e la bellezza—чудо и красоту.