Category Archives: Architecture

The Hermitage

We were blessed by being the first group into the palace and below shows a room with no one in it. This didn’t last long as the Summer Palace is the most desired tourist destination in Russia. The level of

The Hermitage

We were blessed by being the first group into the palace and below shows a room with no one in it. This didn’t last long as the Summer Palace is the most desired tourist destination in Russia. The level of

The last of the Romanovs

The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in St Petersburg is the final resting place for most of the Romanov Tzars. A little gilt on the outside but a lot on the inside. Everyone was keen to see the

The last of the Romanovs

The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in St Petersburg is the final resting place for most of the Romanov Tzars. A little gilt on the outside but a lot on the inside. Everyone was keen to see the

Mikhailovsky ballet

A wonderful evening at St Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theatre for a performance of the ballet ‘Don Quixote’. The Don be the perfect ballet role for me. No dancing, just riding in on a horse and then some prancing around with a

Mikhailovsky ballet

A wonderful evening at St Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theatre for a performance of the ballet ‘Don Quixote’. The Don be the perfect ballet role for me. No dancing, just riding in on a horse and then some prancing around with a

Much ado about Mariinski

The original Mariinski Theatre opened in 1860 had a long and illustrious, and is presently closed for renovation. Since 1988 both the ballet company and opera company have been under the artistic leadership of Valery Gergiev, who has implemented many

Much ado about Mariinski

The original Mariinski Theatre opened in 1860 had a long and illustrious, and is presently closed for renovation. Since 1988 both the ballet company and opera company have been under the artistic leadership of Valery Gergiev, who has implemented many

The dead centre – Novodevich

The New Maiden’s Convent (Novodevichy) was the place Tsars sent their former wife or sister either into seclusion (imprisonment) or to become a nun for the rest of their lives. Smolensk Cathedral, built in 1525, (below) is in the Convent

The dead centre – Novodevich

The New Maiden’s Convent (Novodevichy) was the place Tsars sent their former wife or sister either into seclusion (imprisonment) or to become a nun for the rest of their lives. Smolensk Cathedral, built in 1525, (below) is in the Convent

Abramtsevo – an artists’ colony

This estate was founded in the 1750s and into the ownership of Sergei Askakov, a writer, in 1853 by which time the main house had been constructed. His books about nature were attractive to many people. Many of his writings

Abramtsevo – an artists’ colony

This estate was founded in the 1750s and into the ownership of Sergei Askakov, a writer, in 1853 by which time the main house had been constructed. His books about nature were attractive to many people. Many of his writings

The Kremlin

Red Square is not red and ‘red’ has nothing to do with communists. Red means beautiful. Not that it was particularly so on the day visited as it had been the site of a concert and they were dismantling the

The Kremlin

Red Square is not red and ‘red’ has nothing to do with communists. Red means beautiful. Not that it was particularly so on the day visited as it had been the site of a concert and they were dismantling the