Tag Archives: Excursions

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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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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Zenit! Zenit! Zenit! (22 June)

We went to the Zenit soccer game this evening. It was quite an interesting experience. First, the stadium has a moat around it. With police boats in it. Apparently Petersburgians really love some soccer… enough to attempt to swim to … Continue reading

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We are taking a city tour of St. Petersburg (June 18)

The City Tour Hop On/Hop Off bus is a great way to get an overview of the city’s major sights. We took a bus tour of St. Petersburg today on this double decker.  It took us down Nevskii Prospekt, across … Continue reading

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