Saint Petersburg timelapse from Georgy Tolstoy on Vimeo. St. Petersburg When we first arrived in St. Petersburg I must honestly admit I thought it was old and dirty. But that’s because we arrived at the train station and it wasn’t exactly the most beautiful part of town. What was interesting was the longer we were … More A Reason to Visit Russia – St. Petersburg
Queen of Spades The story begins in St. Petersburg during the early 19th century. A group of young officers were sitting up all night, all of them gambling, except one, called Hermann. Hermann was fascinated by the games, but never played. Another officer, Tomsky, then told the story of his grandmother, a Countess, who in … More Russian Fairy Tales – Queen of Spades
Don’t be surprised if an Armored Car pulls up If you’re downtown St. Petersburg and looking to hail a taxi don’t be surprised if an armored car pulls up. It’s going to cost you a chunk of change but it will be worth it. Five thousand rubles will be enough to foot the bill. It’s … More So you want to feel safe in Russia – How about an Armored Vehicle as a Taxi?
Homeless Calico Cat visits Lynx An European Lynx had a feline friend who came to visit her everyday at the Leningrad (St Petersburg) Zoo, the oldest zoo in Russia. The calico cat bonded with the Lynx on the first day they met. They have been inseparable since. Now they are living together at the Zoo. Inseparable Friends According to … More Homeless Cat Befriends Lynx
As the Ukraine situation has worsened, unconscionable misinformation and hype is being poured on Russia and Vladimir Putin. Journalists and pundits must scour the Internet and thesauruses to come up with fiendish new epithets to describe both. Wherever I make presentations across America, the first question ominously asked during Q&A is always, “What about Putin?” … More Who is Vladimir Putin? Why Does the US Government Hate Him?
Recently “Life in Russia” was nominated for – Very Inspiring Blogger Award – by Patrick Jones at “The Linden Chronicles.” He has the same passion for paleo-anthropology and archaeology that I do, plus the fact we are both writers. When something like this happens I’m always thankful but realize the inspiration I receive comes not … More “Life in Russia” Nominated for – Very Inspiring Blogger Award
German made, Adorned in Sweden How is it possible that a German-made 12th century blade, adorned in Sweden, reached Siberia? Buried under a tree in the Novosibirsk region, Archaeologists discovered a medieval sword. Unearthed in 1975 scientists are looking to unlocking it’s secrets with the help of European experts. It is the only weapon of … More Medieval Swedish Sword Found in Siberia
The 1956 Leningrad Sport Custom By Arkadij Dmitrievich Babich This adorable two-seater sportscar is a one-of-a-kind home-made example made sometime in 1956 (or perhaps 1959..) by a citizen of Russian city Leningrad (now known as Saint-Petersburg) – Arkadij Dmitrievich Babich. Being his second or even third (according to different sources) self-built car, the Leningrad was … More The 1956 Leningrad Sport Custom
In a Peaceful plea to the Tzar In St. Petersburg, Russia on January 22, 1905 a peaceful protest was organized and led by Father Gapon that was heading towards the winter palace of Tzar Nicholas II. I think it’s important to show that this was being done in the middle of the winter. This was … More Bloody Sunday – What does it mean to America?
How it all started “I saw in a dream a table where all elements fell into place as required. Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper, only in one place did a correction later seem necessary.” Dmitrii Mendeleev, as quoted by Inostrantzev Ω We all know that Dmitrii Mendeleev created the … More What does the Moon, St. Peterburg, and vodka have in Common?
I’ve got to admit when we first arrived in St. Petersburg I thought was nothing but a dirty old city, not a very good first impression. But as time went along it began to grow on me, St. Petersburg has become a destination and center of culture for younger Russians. I found out that there … More “St. Petersburg” A city of amazing contrasts
I really didn’t want to have a whole lot of words, I think the pictures speak for themselves. Let me know what you think.
Welcome to Moscow So I decided to see what the average family of 4 spent while traveling on vacation in the states. I must admit I was a bit shocked when I saw the numbers, but then it’s been a while since I’ve experienced traveling in the states. I visited tripadvisor to see what people … More Cost of the average Russian vacation
So I’m back and ready to invite you to have a look at some of the wonderful places we visited for the last three weeks. In no particular order we visited St. Petersburg, Moscow, the Smolensk area, and the countryside outside of Kazan. Everywhere we went it was beautiful, Russia is so green. One would … More A little taste of vacation in “St. Petersburg”
If Hell is a physical place on Earth If Hell is a physical place on Earth, Fort Zverev, Russia would be a good candidate. In researching this article I had to dig deep to find information that wasn’t just a cut and paste. It seems that Fort Zverev is one of nine forts that were … More The Day “Hell” visited Fort Zverev, Russia
Fort Alexander St. Petersburg, Russia In the gulf of Finland rests a former military installation that has some very interesting history. Designed in an oval shape with an open court in the middle gave it great military advantage with it’s 103 cannon ports. The roofs of the fort were built to support another 34 large … More From “Fort” to “Plague Research Base” to “Rave Parties”
After a failed start as the Okhta Center the Gazprom tower in the newest project renamed the “Lakhta Center” has been given approval to be built in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia. This beautiful historic city will soon be home to the tallest Skyscraper in Europe. The failed project was to be build in … More Will this be the greenist “Skyscraper ” in the world
Life in Ghana Hi, I was born in 1946. At present I am an innkeeper. In a former lifetime I was a school teacher and administrator. I am married to a Ghanaian. We have two wonderful kids, one here in Ghana and the other in Canada. As a young man I spent ten years in … More Mirror Reflections – Ghana & Russia
Lomonosov Bridge Named after the great Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov, whose advances in chemistry, mathematics, linguistics and literature made him a kind of one-man Russian Enlightenment during the reigns of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, this beautiful stone bridge crosses the Fontanka River about 300m south of Nevsky Prospekt. Dating from the late 18th … More Ten most Beautiful Bridges of St. Petersburg
The most enduring contribution of Spain to the world is its language, which was imported to the Americas with the expansion of the Spanish Empire in the 16th century. Now, more than 400 million people speak Spanish in 22 countries, including 35 million who speak it in the United States.a First Engineer Bridge crosses the … More Mirror Reflections – Spain & Russia
Saudi Arabia is surprising in a lot of ways. Like an place, or any people, it relentlessly defies easy categorization. Dave Eggers …….St. Petersburg, the most abstract and intentional city on the entire globe. (Cities and be intentional or unintentional.) Fyodor Dostoyevsky