I had a spontaneous Arzamas day trip today. Arzamas is a town [small city] an hour from me, a typical provincial Russian place, stuck between 1905 and 1979. There’s plethora of churches, many small wooden houses and all the Soviet era attractions: Lenin statue, Karl Marx bust, an old tank from WWII. I even witnessed the changing of the guards performed by cadets.
I loved the huge mosaic mural on a wall of a school! (first photo) Unfortunately it was fenced off and I couldn’t get closer.
I also stumbled upon two small antique stores! Got some pins and a bunch of 50s postcards – very excited about those particularly.