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European History

Photo Friday: Outside Petergof (Russia’s Versailles)

Photo Friday: Outside Petergof (Russia’s Versailles)

Petergof, which is also known as Peterhof, is a magnificent palace with expansive grounds. Petergof is Dutch for Peter’s court, and the tsar who ordered its construction was Peter I, also known as Peter the Great, who ruled from 1721-1725.…

Photo Friday: Krakow’s Market Square

Photo Friday: Krakow’s Market Square

Krakow’s Market Square is history heaven.  Rynek Główny in Polish, or just Rynek for short, is one of Europe’s biggest medieval town squares.  Right in the middle of the Old Town between Wawel Castle and the part of the Royal…

Photo Friday: Belorusskaya Stations

Photo Friday: Belorusskaya Stations

Until I make it to Belarus, Moscow’s Belorusskaya (bell-oh-roose-kaya) subway stations are the closest I’m going to get, especially the one on the circle line.  They were named after the nearby Belorusski railway station where you can take a train…

Why I Visit Places that are “Too Sad and Depressing”

Why I Visit Places that are “Too Sad and Depressing”

I’ve been used to getting odd looks and having people think I’m an oddball for a long time for various reasons, but the biggest ones often come when people hear that I want to see places like Auschwitz.  They always…

Photo Friday: The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Photo Friday: The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood has the most incredible church interior that I’ve ever seen, which means that it’s even more stunning than the inside of St. Basil’s in Moscow…wow! It’s called the Church of the Savior…

Photo Friday: Mayakovskaya Station

Photo Friday: Mayakovskaya Station

Mayakovskaya is one of the favourites among my colleagues and students.  It isn’t frequented nearly as often as Novoslobodskaya or Komsomolskaya since Mayakovskaya isn’t on the circle line, but even though I haven’t seen all of Moscow’s metro stations yet,…

International Women’s Day in Russia

International Women’s Day in Russia

😀 Happy International Women’s Day! 😀   In Russia, International Women’s Day, or Международный женский день (Me-zhdu-na-rod-nii zhen-ski dyen), is very important.  It’s also called the Day of Spring and Flowers; I’ve never seen so many people walking around with flowers, which…

Photo Friday:  Red Square – Day and Night

Photo Friday: Red Square – Day and Night

You haven’t really been to Moscow if you haven’t made the trek to Red Square. Next to the Kremlin, Red Square is what I believe to be the heart of Moscow, or even the heart of Russia. A post dedicated to…

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