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We took a peek into the Soviet Arcade Museum. A group of hipsters had collected a whole bunch of pinball and shoot em up machines from the Soviet era 70's and '80's and turned them into a groovy cafe. Very similar to the games Steve used to play in Dunedin during the same era. But in Russian, and located in a rundown courtyard.
Look behind the beautiful facades all over St Petersburg and many rundown, ...
... diplomats and ballet dancers, the privileged few who were allowed out of the USSR at the time, all smuggling contraband back into Russia. In the '80's, he went into a forest in the middle of nowhere for a record exchange fair with about 300 other fans, trying to buy Led Zeppelin or AC DC albums and not having a clue what they were singing about and hoping no one would get busted by the KGB. You were allowed to buy jeans, the total symbol for western deprivation, but if you were ...
... soviet era cars about the place, strange mullet haircuts, stern officials and for some reason brides (we saw at least 10 per day) everywhere as well as, extravagant Stalin-era architecture the whole city was an experience and one that immediately demanded more than 72 hours. Our first day we visited Peter and Paul’s fortress where Peter the Great first established the city. Here we saw also the associated church, old political prison and military museum (all ...
... a building which is architecturally ornate on the outside which necessitates photos. Realise it's a shop so wander inside to discover a very large pineapple sitting in the centre. It's a plush coffee shop with exquisite cake displays and cheese, meat, fish and caviar counters. Time for a brew. There's seating around the girth of the pineapple with tables. I've not had a cup of tea since leaving home as I drink coffee when travelling on account that ...
... facility, on the northern side of the city. We were provided with lunch and then guided through 5 floors of the building, each floor dedicated to a different section of art. Each item is numbered and waiting for restoration or cleaning or to replace an item in the Hermitage in the future. We saw, paintings, antique furniture, porcelain, tapestries, carriages, military equipment and flags and pennants and ...