Fashion and lifestyle blogger Luba Jakobson Russian celebration Monaco

The Russian bear – in Monaco!

Vodka, a charity ball with women in long dresses and men in tuxedos and even Monaco’s Israel-loving mayor – all of those made an appearance at the Russian festival in Monaco, organized by two friends of mine, both Jewish by the way. Evgenia Khaldey and Tanya Nudelman initiated and founded this unique project – a Russian Maslenitsa festival. The festival was timed for the Russian holiday, celebrated at the end of February due to the beginning of spring. It’s a very joyful affair, with crowded community festivities, singing and consuming traditional dished, mostly blini – Russian crepes fried in butter. Hence, the holiday’s name – in Russian, ‘butter’ is ‘maslo’.

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Luba Jakobson Russian celebration Monaco

Blini with red caviar

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Luba Jakobson Russian maslenitsa celebration Monaco

ייבגניה חלדיי וטניה נודלמן

Evgenia Khaldey and Tanya Nudelman

The festival lasted three days in Monaco’s major port, with the world’s biggest yachts as a backdrop, and was honored by Prince Albert and the local mayor George Marsan, who opened the festival together with other prominent city representatives. After the official part was over, the honorary guests kept partying with the crowd, dancing to the sound of Russian bands. Russian vodka, caviar and traditional pickles were a welcome addition, making everyone even happier.

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Monaco city hall folks with vodka and pickles

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Luba Jakobson Russian celebration Monaco

The mayor is dancing with everyone

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Luba Jakobson Russian celebration Monaco

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Pickled cherry tomatoes

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Luba Jakobson Russian celebration Monaco

Pilmeni – meat dumplings

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Luba Jakobson Russian celebration Monaco

A folk band

During my conversation with the mayor, I discovered he’s a big fan of our country (that was even before the vodka!). He told me that he had already visited Israel on numerous occasions and mentioned security collaborations. His charming wife was also thrilled to hear I’m Israeli, and we agreed to meet again on their next visit. In the evening, I met the couple again – this time, in their best formal attire, at the Winter Ball – a charity event, with all donations dedicated to Russian children with cancer.

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Luba Jakobson Russian celebration Monaco

With George Marsan

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Luba Jakobson Russian celebration Monaco

The Marsans

I’ll tell you all about the special evening, that looked like a movie scene, as well as the talented Russian designers who presented at the event, in my next posts. In the meantime, I keep thinking how great it is to celebrate, no matter what’s the occasion. As long as there’s an excuse for a party!

Go ahead, find a reason to celebrate!

Yours,

LJ

בדרך לפסטיבל בנמל מונאקו

On my way to Monaco festival

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Luba Jakobson Russian celebration Monaco

In Monaco port

יאכטה פרטית עם מסוק

A private yacht with a helicopter

Iעם טניה נודלמן

With Tanya Nudelman