Tag Archives: St. Petersburg

The Russian Forest

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Forest, Near the Bay of Finland, Russian Federation, 2008

European Russian is a geographically divided country. In the south stretches the grassy steppe, the territory of ancient Rus and the birthplace of the Russian state. In the north stretches great forests, the place of refuge for the Slavs from the invasion into the steppe by the Golden Horde in the 13th century. In these forests later arose the princedoms of the Golden Ring, Muscovy, and finally modern Russia. Continue reading

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The Aurora

Kate and the Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2008

Kate and the Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2008

Docked along the river Neva in St. Petersburg, Russia is the the Russian cruiser Aurora. Someone unfamiliar with Russian history might dismiss it as just an old boat that has been put on display. Those who know a bit of Russian history will recognize it as an important part of the story of the October Revolution of 1917. The Aurora was a required stop for Kate who needed a picture for her uncle, an avowed communist. Continue reading