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... made skipping it a lot easier.
We stopped at a Teremok to fill our empty bellies. It is a cafeteria type of place that specializes in Russian pancakes (just crepes), buckwheat porridge, and soups. There is a variety of fillings and foods that go along with the mentioned food groups served at this place. I had a cabbage
& egg pancake and a grilled chicken one. They are pretty small crepes and not ...
... translation services. Not to mention even if the opera was in English my attention span would probably face a challenge with sleep...people were nodding off left and right as an opera is not exactly a Zenit football game.
Sunday a group of us decided to experience the Russian "banya". For those who don't know, Russian's will all go to these public bath-houses called "banya's", basically get naked and then go inside these super hot steam rooms. The Banya ...
... classical music starts, and one by one the jets of the fountain come to life, filling all the tiers of the main fountain as well as ancillary fountains located throughout the garden. Behind the main fountain is a grotto where the royal family and the court could dine al fresco, surrounded by the water. The fountain opening ceremony is a very impressive spectacle to observe and the entire area is filled with visitors gathered around to witness it.
After the ...
... and a crowd of onlookers watching 4-5 police boats in the water apparently looking for something. Later in the day, I would find out what was going on.
Back at the apartment, we were getting ready for church when I saw a couple of police cars park across the street and three policemen went running with weapons drawn into the school yard across the street. They aparently caught someone trying to break into a second story ...
... The expanse of the Lower Gardens is designed in the formal style of french formal gardens of the 17th century. Although many trees are overgrown, in the recent years the formal clipping along the many allees has resumed in order to restore the original appearance of the garden.
The many fountains located here exhibit an unusual degree of creativity. One of the most notable designs is entitled 'The Sun'. A disk radiating water jets from its ...