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  • Presents from DashaMilady has a cat. Her name is Dasha. Milady is very often not at home; she frequently goes to her country house near the Finnish border for 2-3 day stretches (this is what Russians do. It's part of their DNA, Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 30, 2015
  • My partner and the kids went to Saint Petersberg RussiaMy Partner took the kids to Russia in the fall. As usual tickets off season are pretty affordable. So the packing started and each child has his own back-bag. The most important is to have warm clothes that are also easy to Posted by NAGATTRAVEL in TRAVELING WITH KIDS | Mar 29, 2015
  • Foreigner DustitisSo, about two weeks ago as the ice was starting to melt and the sun was starting to come out, I began feeling what I thought was the beginning of a cold. Eventually my throat got so bad it became Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 27, 2015
  • On the MetroI'm used to seeing beggars in the St Petersburg metros, but this is a new one: All he needs is some stock and the soup is ON! The man is peeling carrots and potatoes on the subway. I Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 23, 2015
  • Crimea castlesCrimea is a place where u can find all fields of interest: ancient architecture, history, unbelievable nature, remanants of WW2 and many others Posted by catherine-crime in Crimea voyages | Mar 22, 2015
  • Blog-on-Demand: $$$Yes apparently I am taking blog entries on demand now! OK the question is, how much does it cost to survive in St. Petersburg? It is surprisingly expensive and surprisingly inexpensive. Here's a sampling: Bus ride: $0.61 Metro ride: $0.67 Stolovaya Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 20, 2015
  • Дом Sweet ДомOK, here is where I live: on the 4th floor of a typical Russian apartment block. Entrance is via an iron gate off of Kazanskaya street. It's about a 20-minute walk (door-to-door) to the Hermitage, so the location is ideal Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 16, 2015
  • A Trip to the Grocery StoreOnce you've stocked up on cabbage, carrots, beets, bread and potatoes, you can stop for a beer at the grocery store. I guess it's very tiring, all that shopping. [i]I re Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 14, 2015
  • Hermitage 101: Small White Dining RoomOK, here is my brief attempt at giving you a little education in Russian history, through the Hermitage: This is, in my opinion, the most important room in the Hermitage: the Small White Dining Room. I'm sure most people pass through Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 10, 2015
  • I Hope This is For ExerciseAcross the street from where I live, there appears to be an "exercise studio" where young scantily clad "exercisers" get their sweat on every night. "Exercising." [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/736274/Pole_s.jpg thumb=http://photos.travellerspoin Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 10, 2015
  • On the News FrontIf any of you are wondering about recent events in the news that happened in a capital city south of St Petersburg to a man whose name starts with a "B" and ends in an "S"... Well, this is the only Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 7, 2015
  • Would You Like a Side Order of Cigarettes?And for dessert, we have a fine selection of tobacco. It's all right here in the menu... I recommend the Camel Blue with your latte. For the record, no, Russ Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 3, 2015
  • Who Wants Free Labour?The Hermitage, of course! I am volunteering for something called the Hermitage Volunteer Service. This department, in effect, takes people off the street and puts them to work in a priceless building containing the world's greatest paintings, sculp Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 1, 2015
  • Going from Cold to ColdAfter a quick stop in Toronto to enjoy this (sorry, out of focus...hands must have been freezing)... I mad Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 1, 2015
  • Pigeons, Pigeons, and MoreVladimir, December 24th 2014 At the Theater Square, pigeons were the most peaceful and at home, ... ... in spite Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 21, 2015
  • A Picture of Winter in VladimirVladimir, Dec 24th 2014 Everyone who visits Vladimir, goes to the Golden Gate. So did I walk to the Golden Gate. Unfortunately cars roamed in and out. Wire lines crossed back and forth. A clear picture was far from golden. [img=http://photos.travell Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 20, 2015
  • When I Came to VladimirVladimir, Dec 23 - 24th 2014 I should have shown this map earlier. This is the route I'm taking for now. In my previous posts, you know I have completed the Tran Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 19, 2015
  • The Singing Old SuzdalSuzdal, December 23rd 2014 I walked down the road. Hmmm. Bar? I wanted to put my camera closer to that table by the side of the road. What's that? Vodka? But, oopps. I caught a glimps Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 17, 2015
  • Feeling Disney in SuzdalSuzdal, December 23rd 2014 [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/149/|In Moscow, we have seen the memorial statue to Yuriy Dolgorukiy]], the founder of Moscow, who actually started his career -- if I can put it so -- in Suzdal. I quote from [[http:/ Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 16, 2015
  • Inside and Out, the Buildings and the PeopleMoscow, December 22nd 2014 In haste I put on my coat, shawl, hat, hand gloves... and rushed out the [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/143/|Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center]]. A little less than an hour was left to get to Lubyanka Square, the m Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 10, 2015
  • It was in MoscowMoscow, December 22nd 2014 Contented with [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/142/|Russian Pancakes and Salmon and a great cup of RAF Coffee]], I searched Nokia HERE for directions to the [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/143/|Jewish Museum Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 8, 2015
  • We Are DiverseMoscow, December 22nd 2014 and January 6th 2015 From the outside, [[http://www.jewish-museum.ru/#|Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center]] didn't look like a museum, at least to me. Together with the chill and fall of snow, the walls from the outside broug Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 4, 2015
  • Not Paul but Nice ChocolateMoscow, December 22nd 2014 Although food is normally not a priority for me when traveling, to be local is priority. Meaning, as far as conditions permit, when in China I eat Chinese food, when in Japan I eat Japanese food, and Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Jan 28, 2015
  • The Glory of RussiaMoscow, December 21st 2014 Being my second winter in Russia, I am no more surprised by this kind of public stage music and dance. It's like they are so happy that winter has finally co Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Jan 27, 2015
  • Sightseeing MoscowMoscow, December 21st 2014 In the previous times when I mentioned "Russia" and was asked where in Russia, and then I answered, people were like "Where did you say??" So now, here I am, in Moscow. It seems like as foreigners Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Jan 24, 2015
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