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... Malachite is a stone found in the Ural Mts. of Russia.
St. Isaac's Cathedral was originally the city's main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. One hundred and eighty years later the gilded dome of St. Isaac's still dominates ...
... the age of nine and have performed their parts in Swan Lake for the past twelve years.
Allan skipped the ballet and decided on a River Cruise instead. Although raining it did provide more opportunities for some photos of the city from a different perspective. The group were treated to some classic Russian music from the band on board. We were also plied with plenty of Russian Vodka to ensure we all enjoyed this experience.
When we got there we decided to try and find the markets; this was closed because it was too cold, and wet, and icy, and cold. So we wandered around, took some photos, and decided to try and find the sauna! We drove off, parked the car at the entrance of the place, and wandered through the muddy forrest road towards the biggest smoke sauna in the world. Only to find that it had been booked out for the day, and the sauna was actually only in use on Tuesday and Thursday ...
... few that few would object to seeing.
We split off for a little free time then, some heading to the palace. For those of you visiting, take note of what buildings are there and the times they open so that you can plan your day. I grabbed a quick bite with a friend before heading over to the palace itself, only to find that the current visiting hour was only for Russian citizens - whoops. Luckily our leader was able to get the other group in who skipped lunch.
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Jews were not allowed to go to university, join the government, do business in the major Russian cities, or join the Russian Army.
By the mid 1800's, the ideas of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and “the rights of man” began to permeate Western Europe and a Jewish emancipation began. But in Russia, only a trickle of “useful” Jews were allowed in. ...