Where Russian Robots are born

I love how even the most touristic cities have amazing places that actually very few people know about! Take for example the Russian State Scientific Center for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics in Saint Petersburg with its outstanding architecture. Located right next to the city largest park (Sosnovka) in the vicinity of the Polytechnic University, it... Continue Reading →

Over one million worshipers for Saint Nicholas

Last year the Russian Patriarch Kirill and Roman Catholic Pope Francis had an historic meeting. It was the first time a pontiff and head of the Russian Orthodox church had met since the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apart nearly 1,000 years ago.  To celebrate the occasion and to strengthen the friendship between Christians, they agreed... Continue Reading →

The former macaroni factory of Smolensk

During Soviet times, the USSR policy toward religion was based on the ideology of Marxism-Leninism, which made atheism the official doctrine of the Communist Party. As the founder of the Soviet state, Lenin, put it: Religion is the opium of the people: this saying of Marx is the cornerstone of the entire ideology of Marxism about... Continue Reading →

Smells like Moscow Summer

I don't know why I like this picture so much. There is no single element that stands out to me. Or maybe there is one: to me it smells like Moscow summer. And it is not a bad thing at all. According to the famous photographer Bruce Gilden: "If you can smell the street by looking at... Continue Reading →

White Winter Roads

There are two things that surprised me when I first saw the Russian roads during winter. First of all, the excess snow gets removed, but the roads are never completely cleaned. A layer of snow always remains on the road surface. This might seem dangerous, but it is actually for safety. Winter tires are specifically... Continue Reading →

Bridges are overrated. Or not.

At first glance this is likely to look like the picture of a bridge going over some marsh land or a small, shallow valley. It is not so. The "white pavement" the gentleman in the photo is walking over, is actually the mighty river Volga. Frozen, of course, but still... The scene takes place in... Continue Reading →

Aurora for Aurora

A friend of mine has been using a really cool HDR software and today he let me have a go at it on his Mac. The software is called Aurora HDR by Macphun Software (I believe there there is no Windows version, but I might only see the Mac option as I am on a... Continue Reading →

900 years alone

Most of the Golden Ring tours takes tourists directly from Vladimir to Suzdal. And that's a mistake. Between the two lays a lesser known, but magnificent little jewel. The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl is a rare example of XII century architecture. Situated at the confluence of Nerl and Klyazma Rivers, no one... Continue Reading →

There is gold underground!

If you descend to a depth of 65 meters under the city of Saint Petersburg (hint: there are comfortable escalators to do so) there is a lot of gold to be found! The glittering Mezhdunarodnaya station opened at the end of 2012, as the new southeastern terminus of Saint Petersburg metro line number 5.  Mezhdunarodnaya is... Continue Reading →

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