Today I would like to speak a little about squash a popular sport born in England. If you are reading this article, somehow you know what squash is, but most people still don’t. If you tell to somebody that you are playing squash, you can get 3 types of feedback. Like –oh, it’s cool! Or, mmm, sorry, I’ve heard something about squash, but I’am not sure! Is it like playing tennis? And the last one, which is more usual is like: Hmm. What squash is?Certainly, I’am speaking about Russia and my Russian friends. In Russia squash is really a new…
The ancient Egyptian sphinxes are well-known in St Petersburg. These mysterious creatures decorate the Embankment in front of the Academy of Arts.The one Sphinx looks at the Hermitage museum where its motherland relics are kept and Peter and Paul Fortress. The other one looks at East, Finish gulf and its distant motherland. Those sphinxes survived 35 centuries, they were watched by Great Pharaohs, Russian Emperors and many our citizens. They have been in Saint-Petersburg for 178 years and for that short time they have witnessed 4 revolutions and 2 empires dissolutions.What will be next the Sphinxes will have to watch…
I have been living in Saint-Petersburg about a quarter of a century and I can definitely say that Petersburg is the most Egyptian city in Russia. The city is located on the same meridian as great pyramids are. Walking streets and embankments one can meet plenty of mysterious creatures: lions, griffins, Satyrs, water creatures such as Nymphs and the most mysterious ones: Sphinxes. There are many other mysterious creatures personifying Saint-Petersburg. But the most puzzled are sphinxes. The sphinx image was used in many historical buildings of Petersburg. Petersburg is called both North Venice and North Sphinx.
Passing by the St. Petersburg Central Exhibition Hall “Manege” near the St. Isaac’s Cathedral I decided to have a look at the temporary exhibition held there - “Ellada – Vision of My Dreams”. I had no idea of the subject. As many other people when in Greece I usually go to the sea and taverna not museums. It appeared that Greece has not only beautiful sea, tasty food and a lot of ancient monuments! In two hours at the exhibition I formed a rather clear notion of Greek paintings starting from the end of the 19th century up to nowadays.…
After enjoying a ballet performance at the Mariinsky Theater we decided to continue our evening at “Sadko” Restaurant nearby the Theater. As it appeared later a lot of theater goes were frequenters there. Bright interior, smiling waiters, tasty dishes and reasonable prices! If you are there try venison medallions wrapped with bacon – very tasty. Beef Stroganoff my wife ordered was also very delicious. There was one more pleasant surprise when the waiters sang some Russian songs and they did that very professionally by the way. It turned out that the waiters were students of the Conservatoire located just near…
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