There is the opinion the that the Patriarch’s Ponds (to be exact, there is only one pond!) is a quiet place for slow walks and conversations on small benches. I, on the other hand. think that the pond and the small square around it is very popular place for the residents that makes it a little noisy and restless. For instance, on a warm day, it is very difficult to find a free bench. Children ride bicycles and scooters on the stone paths and couples in love settle down on the grass near the water. But despite the small turmoil, I love this place: for the pleasant view over the pond, for the floating graceful swans, for the opportunity to take a breath of fresh air.
I am also attracted by the history of the Patriarch’s Ponds. It is a place where, for example the action starts in the famous novel of M.A. Bulgakov “Master and Margarita”. Exactly here “it is forbidden to talk to strangers”! Near Patriarch’s Ponds, Levin from Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” tried to find his beloved Kitty. By the way, the writer would also come to the skating rink here together with his daughters. It seems to me that Patriarch’s Ponds smells of history. Vasily Surikov, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Marina Tsvetaeva lived nearby. Alexander Blok spent one winter there.
Every time I pass by the Patriarch’s Ponds, I dream: “Who knows? Somebody great, for example Mayakovsky, might have been standing exactly at that spot, getting inspired,”