My Russian Experiences

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  1. Terry Page

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    5.JPG 10.JPG 4.JPG 7.jpg 6.JPG 2.JPG 9.JPG 8.jpg As I have spent almost half my life with my Russian partner in St.Petersburg Russia over the past 12 years, I thought I would post some photo's of my times there.
    The first ones are of Staraya Ladoga a small town in the north.

    Staraya Ladoga (Russian: Ста́рая Ла́дога); Finnish: Vanha Laatokka or the Aldeigjuborg of Norse sagas, is a rural locality (a selo) in Volkhovsky District of Leningrad Oblast, Russia, located on the Volkhov River near Lake Ladoga, 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) north of the town of Volkhov, the administrative center of the district.

    It used to be a prosperous trading outpost in the 8th and 9th centuries. A multi-ethnic settlement, it was dominated by Scandinavians who were called by the name of Rus'. For that reason, it is sometimes called the first capital of Russia.

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  2. Chrissy Cross

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    Great Photos, Terry....keep them coming! I know you are a world traveler and have been to many exotic places.
     
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    A few winter photos of St.Petersburg

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    You are a lucky man Terry....from the UK ...most of Europe is doable for you! And also your exotic destinations are closer too...like Bali, etc.
     
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    Great photos. Always had an interest in Russia. Thanks.
     
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    Thanks Ike I was always fascinated by Russia as a child, but never imagined I would end up spending so much time there. I love the people and the way of life so unlike the stereotypical image we get in the West.
     
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    That makes me nostalgic for that wonderful and splendidly-named restaurant, The Idiot, in St Petersburg. I know it's not the restaurant in the photo, which looks a little like that other place of the odd name, Meathead. Unless there's a Dostoevsky novel of that name that I've missed out on...

    I always enjoy looking at Orthodox churches, purely from an artistic point of view. The iconostases are invariably magnificent.
     
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    Wish I would have gone when I had the chance the 6 years I lived in Hungary!

    My husband went a few times on business but I stayed home (Budapest) then. :(

    But who knows...I may still go one day...I have so many places on my Bucket List...starting with ones right here in the states. The North East in the fall for starters.
     
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    A few photos of the stunning Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood:

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    The decision was taken to build a church on the spot where the Emperor was mortally wounded. The church was built between 1883 and 1907 and was officially called the Resurrection of Christ Church (a.k.a. The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood ). The construction of the church was almost entirely funded by the Imperial family and thousands of private donators. Both the interior and exterior of the church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day (V.M. Vasnetsov, M.V. Nesterov and M.A. Vrubel). Interestingly, despite the church's very obviously Russian aspect, its principle architect, A. Parland, was not even Russian by birth.

    The church was closed for services in the 1930s, when the Bolsheviks went on an offensive against religion and destroyed churches all over the country. It remained closed and under restoration for over 30 years and was finally re-opened in 1997 in all its dazzling former glory. The view of the church from Nevsky Prospekt is absolutely breathtaking.

    NOTE: Translations of the church's name vary between guidebooks and include The Church of the Savior on Blood, The Resurrection Church and The Church of the Resurrection of Christ.

    Location: Naberezhnaia Kanala Griboedova. Reopened in late August 1997 after almost 30 years of restoration.
     
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    Welcome @Terry Page, you must be related to Chrissy Page by different parents. I'm sure you have great memories. I would like to hear about some of the misconception that most of us grew up with.
     
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    Lol Ina..we are very good friends but not married, he has a lovely girlfriend In Russia!

    Dont know why I chose that last name...when I joined here awhile back..we joined around the same time and he suggested it...its his fault!

    We also have a Josiah Page on here....no relation. :)
     
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    Yes Ina I own up it was my fault, I thought it would be fun to be seen as husband and wife, I never grew up really lol
     
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    Thanks for all your wonderful photos, Terry! This one is my favorite.;)
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    I grew up in the UK with the ideas around Russians being hard drinkers, never laughing and being generally unfriendly. Yes some do drink but they are very fun loving people and kind and helpful, they don't smile at strangers as they feel that would not be genuine, but do when they know you. They are basically the same as us all, which is what I keep finding as I travel, we all just want to get on with or lives and enjoy
    Thanks Joe I like that one and several others of the same scene, it has a monochrome quality and I can feel the cold I experienced that day looking at the photo now.
     
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    @Terry Page, your photos made me shiver, brrr, and they also made me want to go to Russia. It is a fascinating place for me since what I learned from school was about Russia's great people. Until now the Czar (or Tsar) is still being talked about although their politics is mostly about their leader Putin. But I think I wouldn't go to Russia during winter since we are in the tropics and I may not survive the harsh cold that your photos depict. Maybe summer time in Russia would be more hospitable.
     
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    A few summer photos, to prove Russia is not all ice and snow, these are of Lisa's Dacha (Summer House) which is about an hour by train from St.Petersburg.

    The garden/yard is about 1/2 an acre and full of old trees and shrubs, the wooden house is due for renovation next year. Its a very quiet and tranquil spot in the middle of a forest.

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    A nearby lake we often go to for a walk
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    A short walk away is an inland beach on a lakeside where locals sunbathe and swim.
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    I didn't get to see the Pavlovsk Palace when I was in Russia last year, but did visit the Catherine Palace at Pushkin. The place is extraordinary, a mass of over-the-top Rococo everywhere you look. It's advisable to have something to hold your jaw in place throughout the visit...
     
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    Great pics, Terry! Lisa's Dacha looks very inviting....a great getaway from the city, I'm sure.
     
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    Yes I went to Catherine's palace a couple of years ago, the Rococo is OTT and a sight to behold, not my style but impressive nevertheless.
    Must look out some photos of it.
     
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    I believe that Russia is not all ice and the photos show nice flowers and a green surroundings. I love that small wooden house in the forest. I wonder how it feels to sleep in it and to wake up to that colorful environment. Naturally there is fresh air, the freshest you can get. That snapshot of the wooden house is like an excerpt in a fairy tale. I wonder how they can maintain the greenery that looked so clean, trimmed to be neat and healthy with flowers.
     
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    I won't try to steal your thunder, but I can add a few pictures of the Catherine Palace, with a bit of bird-life added:

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    On the contrary Tom thanks for posting the photos, in my usual disorganised way, it will take me a while to find mine amongst the several thousand photos I have taken in Russia. :rolleyes: Looking at your pictures I had quite forgotten the sheer size of the place, it brings back the memory of when I was there on a hot summer's day in June some years ago. It always surprises me how many of these palaces and the churches survived during the Soviet period. Many of the churches were destroyed of course, but they are renovating and rebuilding many nowadays as well as the palaces.

    To be honest I have been to so many palaces now, that I get confused and have to ask Lisa which one it is when looking through my photo collection.
     
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    Yes Corie, during the summer Lisa and I always sleep in it at weekends, its cosy and very quiet, always cool inside so we have a fire even in summer to take the chill off the air. Lisa does most of the gardening and mowing the lawns while I sit in a deck chair drinking beer ;) Lisa enjoys it so I feel ok about about being lazy. :)
    Its quite primitive with no running water inside the house and a pit toilet in the garden so its a bit like camping. We often get up early and go into the forest to pick mushrooms, all Russians tend to be experts on mushrooms, so know the ones to avoid.

    There are plans to modernise it and we had estimates this summer to put a new roof on and clad it with insulation, install new double glazed windows and inside toilet etc., A photo of my room below and pics of some mushrooms we gathered and cooked.

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