Lidiya, 78 ans and Ludmila 80 ans, Sokolniki park, Moscow

Ludmila: Best places for us are definitely Sokolniki park and VDNKh [stands for Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy, permanent general purpose trade show and amusement park in Moscow]. We love our park, it changed a lot lately, I mean in a good sense, of course.  

Before the retirement I worked as a receptionist in the Intourist hotel on Tverskaya street, just in the heart of the city. I know it’s hard to believe but I worked there more than 30 years: since it’s opening in 70s till it’s closure in 2002. Right afterwards it has been demolished. Of course I have plenty of stories to tell, I’ve seen lots of famous people, celebrities, international missions and sports teams.     

Me and Lidiya both have sons. They are adults, of course. My grandchildren are 30 and 23 years old. 

We don’t go to city center much, cause we have everything we need here is within our reach. But I think staying active is a key to happy living. I try to do exercises every day and use transport as seldom as possible. We can walk 3 hours at a run with no stops at all.