Oto in Motherland: a (huge) photo log

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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:19 pm

Buildings on the Admiralty Quay
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Cheap Chinese food place on the Admiralty Quay
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y halo thar?
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The admiralty building in its usual decrepit state
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:20 pm

Another wedding party near St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Admiralty
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Note where they appear to be coming out of :lol:

One of the doors to the St. Isaacs Cathedral. You can see how huge this is.
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Oh hi
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(again, good size comparison)

Moo
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:21 pm

A spiral staircase leading to the upper colonnade of the cathedral, the most popular observation deck in an otherwise-low-built city.
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Coming up to the Colonnade…
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:21 pm

One of the 4 small cupolas on the corners of the cathedral
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Astoria Hotel from above
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Birds’ eye views:

The high-rise buildings you see in the background of this one are the newer part of Vasilievski island where I lived.
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Neva and the Menshikov Palace at the centre
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A locked spiral staircase leading higher still.
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(too bad it’s locked :( )

*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:21 pm

Looking down at the traffic below
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Kazan Cathedral at centre
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Winter Palace in the middle, Admiralty and the fortress on the left, Palace square and Alexander’s column on the right
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Isaakeevskaya Square below, with the statue and city hall
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Square, slightly right. The large wooden cupola of the Ismailovsky Cathedral, seen under restoration on the right, was destroyed in a fire just before I went back to Canada :(
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:22 pm

Senate Square, with the Bronze Horseman just out of view behind the trees
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The exit?
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Just one more picture!
Saviour-on-the-Blood in the centre, Palace Square on the left, very far on the right – the white rising spires of Smolny Cathedral
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Coming down
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Snapping a picture as I go, catching the Ismailovsky cathedral which would burn a couple of weeks later.
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:23 pm

The Bronze Horseman
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St. Isaac’s Cathedral, again
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I’ll never get over the impression of mass it gives. A fantastic building.

Richly-decorated house on Manezhny Boulevard
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For some reason this one stuck out in my memory – a gate into nowhere (that is, I remembered exactly where it was from back in the day, and had no trouble finding it – it’s not an official landmark or anything)
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The old historic storehouse complex New Holland, presently under reconstruction by a French architect
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:23 pm

Moika river
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Building
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Moika again
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:24 pm

Mariinsky Theater, also known as Kirov Theatre, home of the most famous Ballet troupe in the world
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Construction site for 2nd hall of the Mariinsky Theater – except the project for it was scrapped. They’re still clearing it, waiting for a new project to be approved.
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:24 pm

Synagogue
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Possibly the neatest and best-maintained building in the city
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I’ve now entered Dostoyevski’s Petersburg, vividly described in Crime and Punishment. Dostoyevski was very exact about geographical detail; I wasn’t, but the overall area still gives the same impressions.

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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:25 pm

Oto in the land of Dostoyevski

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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:25 pm

Beer can
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Yoink!
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Actually, that was my beer all along :P


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Birds
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:26 pm

Old fire tower
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Griboedov Canal
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Old houses, again a Dostoyevskian vibe
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:26 pm

Along Griboedov Canal
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Another foot bridge
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Buildings along the canal
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Tuborg bottles
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Buildings
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:27 pm

VAZ-Zhiguli car, of old vintage!
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With a hilarious sign – “Old Russian”, a swipe at “New Russian”, a term for the noveau-riche elite (whom I dearly despise)

Bridge
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Street
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Building with a tower
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*to be continued*
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