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... However people are already lining up, and we join the queue.
In front of me is a man wearing a T-shirt with a 'cool' picture of Putin wearing sunglasses and a kind of pilot uniform. The man explains that the shirt says: "Putin is a polite man." It turns out that he is from Odessa, and he is ready to explain to anybody interested why Putin is so great and why the USA is so bad. My remark that Putin has killed a number of Dutchmen ...
... because of her blue eyes, lined with white columns to represent her creamy complexion and covered in gilded golden carvings for her blonde hair. Originally Catherine had the entrance of the palace placed at the far corner of the front fašade so that everyone who visited would have to walk the entire length of the palace and be reminded of the power and wealth that she and Russia had at the time.
Inside the palace each room seems to outshine the next ...
Our first train ride was easy. It was a 2 hour local train costing less than $5USD and consisting of very few people with only a couple of random Russian drunks. We arrived at the northern train station a little confused. In Russia the large cities have multiple train stations based on the direction of travel, we entered from the north so our final destination was not where we thought it would be. Eventually we figured it out and ...
... and food save for a single narrow passage out the back of the city via lake ladoga. St Petersburg was under siege for 900 days (900 days!) and during this time saw its population dwindle from 3.5 million to 800,000. Russians in World War II suffered by far the largest casualties out of any country involved, the current death toll of 27 million outnumbering all ally forces and civilians combined. St Petersburg serves as almost a perfect syllogism for Russian ...
... of them On the bright side, for the most part, there was no problem with women becoming ruling monarchs, such as Catherine the Great. She really furthered the cause of women's education, though it was only for noble women, of course. But she wasn't totally benevolent either. Back to the prison - The prison rooms were actually quite large, perhaps 10 by 15 feet, but each prisoner was in total isolation from every other prisoner. The walls were heavily padded and ...