Oto in Motherland: a (huge) photo log

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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:51 pm

The main channel leading to the palace
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Obligatory Otophoto
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Church and state!
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(hey, they are separate)

The Peterhof palace in all its glory.
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The main fountain cascade.
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:52 pm

Hay Russia.
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Oh the innuendos...
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Oto pondering the meaning of life over the pond.
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Swans and geese.
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People observing swans and geese.
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That kid nearly fell in shortly after the photo :D

*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:53 pm

Drainage from the fountains
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"Sun" fountain
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Oto in the mushroom
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Peter the Great
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He founded this place, but it wasn't quite as lavish yet in his day. Catherine II was behind most of the excesses I think.

Sneaking up on a small duck. Image
Note the ridiculously fake trees in the background.

*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:53 pm

"Roman Fountain"
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Sea Dude
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St. Petersburg on horizon.
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Gardens
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“Greek Fountain”
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:53 pm

Marly [yarly] Palace.
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Marly Palace from decorative ruins.
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Ominous clouds on the gulf.
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Oto sneaking past ominous clouds.
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I wonder what's with that smoke?
(probably a major fire somewhere in the city, can't tell. It's not a factory)

Helipad on which George Bush landed 2 days before we came here as part of the G8 summit. :roll:
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:54 pm

Back to going-home, from my perspective...
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If you excuse the bend, that's the Konstantinovsky Palace where the G8 summit took place two days earlier.

Wet parking lot.
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Tram car on the outskirts of the city.
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A memorial marking the south-western front line of the Leningrad Siege that lasted for 900 days between 1941-1944, resulting in over a million dead, mostly civilians.
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:56 pm

Another day back in town…

Church.
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Street.
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...I don't know what happened there!

Street in central St. Petersburg.
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Heading on another trip now, to the Artillery Museum.

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Easy to tell which museum that is indeed.

A fairly modern command vehicle at the museum entrance.
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:57 pm

At the Artillery Museum.

Peter and Paul Fortress, city's oldest building, in the background.
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Oldschool guns.
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More oldschool guns.
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Some of these seem more like artworks than weapons:
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:57 pm

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A World War I gun and her siblings.
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:57 pm

Kirill getting familiar with WWI-era gun:
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A surprisingly modern item: T-80 main battle tank
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Staring down a big barrel!
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SA-2 missile, same kind that shot down Gary Powers
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A self-propelled artillery gun
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:58 pm

A military bulldozer (pretty intimidating!)
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Trench-digging vehicle. Image
Possibly the scariest fucking machine in this museum.

Indoors. An old gun.
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Diorama of a battle. Image
(they should've used 3D soldiers, though, not flat cutouts)

Balls!
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:58 pm

Lovely propaganda shot!
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DP machineguns (WWII)
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Famed "Katyusha"/"Stalin Organ" launchers. Image
They have several of these at the museum.

But just one Oto!
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:59 pm

Soviet WWII guns. Image


Anti-tank rifles
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Ridiculous and mostly-ineffective weapons those were.

Maxim machinegun
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The little ones are cute!
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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:59 pm

They had a special Kalashnikov exhibition there this year:

First gun designed by Kalashnikov during WWII.
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Kirill studying the various AKs.
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Silenced AK-47.
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One of Kalashnikov's... other inventions :?
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A curved-barrel machinegun. It actually works. My question is "why?"

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*to be continued*
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Postby Otohiko » Tue Dec 26, 2006 4:00 pm

Scoped AK.
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Yet more AKs.
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Another peculiar feature – a rifle grenade.
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Instructions for AK-74 rifle and RPK-74 machinegun.
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*to be continued*
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