Moving on up

Every good picture should tell a story. But it doesn't have to be a true story... So, this picture, to me, tells the story of Yaroslav and Mihail. Yaroslav, 52,  comes from an old noble family. He bears an important name, the one of Yaroslav the Wise, Grand Prince of Rus'. He is an entrepreneur... Continue Reading →

Blue hour at the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery

Zvenigorod (Russian: Звени́город) is an old town in the Moscow Oblast, Russia, about 70 km (one hour plus traffic) from the center of Moscow. You can get there from Belorusskaya railway station (Белорусский вокзал) in Moscow in about 1,5 hours for 144 Rubles (about 2 Euros/USD) and there is a train every hour or so.... Continue Reading →

The HOT Russian Winter

Before coming to Russia I was moderately worried about the cold during the winter months. I honestly did not suspect I'd have a problem with the heat! The picture above is a quick snapshot I took at my grandparents-in-law's apartment in the city of Vladimir. It is March the 5th, the temperature outside is below... Continue Reading →

Window dressing

Moscow is, without a doubt, Russia's most expansive and expensive city. Living and commercial space is at a premium and people obviously try to get the most out of it. I've always loved how little stores, which are much like convenience stores in the US, fill their windows to the brim with the best they... Continue Reading →

Saint Isaac’s debate

While I was writing yesterdays's post, I remember an interesting fact about Saint Isaac's Cathedral, which I discovered last time I was in Saint Petersburg. I decided it deserves "a post on its own". Every year more than three million people visit this Unesco World Heritage site. It is definitely one of the city's most... Continue Reading →

Come for protections

Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg has a relatively short, but very rich history. Built over the course of 40 years, from 1818 to 1858, using revolutionary techniques and barring no expense, it served as a church for little more than a half-a-centuty, before the Soviet Government stripped it of religious trappings and in 1931 turned it... Continue Reading →

Hermitage Cats

A rusty street sign on the Palace Embankment in Saint Petersburg warns drivers to mind the cats who are likely to cross the road. The sign looks old, but it probably isn't: the salty air, unrelenting winds and frigid temperatures all take their toll on the metal. It is a very important warning, though, and... Continue Reading →

The Great North

A couple of years ago I saw a very intense Russian movie: Leviathan. The story takes place in Teriberka, a fisherman village on the Barents Sea. I was immediately hooked: the barren location is spectacular in itself and the light of the great North is just, how can i put it?... magic. Getting to Teriberka... Continue Reading →

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