Category Archives: Excursions

A Love Locked Forever

I cross the bridge over reka Moyka near the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. It is mid-evening in St. Petersburg, and the sun shines horizontally through the city. There are couples leaning against the railings, mothers pushing strollers, and nearby … Continue reading

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We are becoming Kremlinologists (July 2)

During the Cold War there was such a job: a kremlinologist.  Because Western  scholars did not have access to the inside workings of the Kremlin, they tried to infur the changes in Soviet power by observing the changes in the … Continue reading

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The French Know How for the Moscow Olympics (July 1-3)

In Moscow we stayed at the hotel Kosmos.  It was built by the French for the Moscow Olympics in 1980.  The French connection is perhaps the reason why in 2005 Russians erected a monument to Charles de Gaulle  in front … Continue reading

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A Photograph Everyone Takes in Moscow (1 July)

Everyone who comes to Moscow takes a picture on the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background.  We decided to follow the trend and asked an old man hanging out at the Red Square to take a picture of … Continue reading

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The Beginning of Our Second Full Week in the City

Officially as of today, we have been in St. Petersburg for two full weeks! It’s hard to believe that time is flying by so fast! This past Monday, Sasha surprised us with a tour of Pushkin’s Museum, instead of our … Continue reading

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Mariinsky Ballet (26 June)

  Yesterday, we had the privilege of going to see a ballet at the famous Mariinsky Theater! The ballet showcased three acts. The first, an under-the-sea-esque themed ballet had a story line that was a bit difficult to follow. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Russia’s Williamsburg. Novgorod! (25 June)

Well it’s like Williamsburg, but it’s also kind of like Boston, maybe a cross between the two. Much smaller than Boston, much bigger than the Burg, but similar stories of creation, importance, churches and monuments to what once was, and like Williamsburg, a city that … Continue reading

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Our Tour Guide at the Hermitage Museum (23 June)

Every year William and Mary hires a tutor for the Russian House from St. Petersburg University.  The very first tutor we hired in 2002 was Natasha Sokolova who at that point in history was a PhD student at the English … Continue reading

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June 22 — Russian Pearl Harbor Day

On June 22, 1941 Hitler invaded the Soviet Union.  This war would turn out to be the most murderous one in the history of mankind.  Every year on June 22 Russians  pause and remember those who died in this fateful … Continue reading

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The Hermitage Museum (June 23)

Visiting the Hermitage was an unforgettable experience. In the Winter palace, Imperial Russia’s grandeur is on full display. It seemed I was peering back in time to an age of conquest, power, and decadence. The variety of artwork was impressive. … Continue reading

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