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Old Aug 14, 2011, 10:33 PM   #1
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Now, some shots from Russia ...

The Winter Palace, formal residence of the Romanov. Now called The Hermitage:










The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood:



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Old Aug 15, 2011, 12:30 AM   #2
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Very impressive. What camera/lenses?
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I didn't want to bring my more expensive gears (E30 and 50-200SWD) ... So those are from my Olympus E-520 mainly using the 9-18mm wide angle.
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Good stuff, always wanted to go there, so far it's just not been on my path.

That 9-18 does a good job, or you do a good job with the 9-18. I could use one of those.

I like the relaxed informality of those places, don't you. What room do they have their lazyboy and TV in?
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Very cool. Nice snaps. I've been lucky enough to get to Versailles twice and was equally blown away by the over-the-top decadence of the French aristocracy. In Russia, for a while at least, it was...... as Mel Brooks once said, very good to be the King (czar).
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Being French or Russian royalty became a short-term career.
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Beautiful shots!
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Beautiful images of a beautiful place..... I don't believe I would like living at the Hermitage, just not my style.
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Being French or Russian royalty became a short-term career.
Yep - the cost of one Faberge Egg would have fed a hell of a lot of starving Russians.
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Yep - the cost of one Faberge Egg would have fed a hell of a lot of starving Russians.
I agree. As much as the architecture of rich people is impressive, as much as the painting, sculpture, art pieces, etc... are impresive .... as much as I think the poor people, now and then, is still .... Poor.

When you drive where "normal" lived, you find buildings in a very bad shape, stray dogs running everywhere ... and a general sense of poverty.

So, did I we like our two days in Russia ? Yes, for the most part. Do we want to return .... probably not. As an average Canadian citizen, Saint-Petersburg, even with its history and famous places, is far from where I would lie to live.

Helinki, Finland is another story!

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