But jump back on the plane with me as we are off to Russia to explore their buildings in the light of our journey into Homes and Houses. In particular we are going to look at Art Nouveau in Russia.

While I settle back into my daily routine please read this wonderful article on 10 masterpieces of Art Nouveau architecture in Russia.

The Hero Image today is Gorky House-Museum (Ryabushinsky Mansion) considered to be one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau in Russia. It was designed by architect Fyodor Osipovich Schechtel in 1900. The first owner of the house was a millionaire named S. P. Ryabushinsky a prominent figure in the business life of the city. Of interest to some of you is that he was the owner of one of the best icon collections in Russia. (bridgetomoscow.com) When we tackle icons we will look at his collection.

In the meantime, I've collected Gypsy from her Five Star Resort, unpacked and started to do the washing so will be back tomorrow with more on Gorky House-Museum and the Art Nouveau Movement in Russia.