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PHOTO: Sculpture at Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Stunning marble sculpture in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, one of the world’s greatest museums

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PHOTO: Hermitage Museum Storage Facility, St. Petersburg, Russia

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Hermitage Museum storage and research facility in St. Petersburg, Russia, where all restoration work takes place, and the one-third of the collection that is not on display is kept in climate controlled vaults. Private tours of the facility are now available on a…

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Iconic Views of Russia in Panoramic Photos

During my Viking River Waterway of the Tsars cruise down the Volga-Baltic Waterway between Moscow and St. Petersburg, I captured these panoramic photos of Russia, showing four of the most iconic views in the country. They are not my usual quality, since I shot them with my iPhone, but they do capture a…

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PHOTO: Griboedova Canal in St. Petersburg, Russia

View down Griboedova Canal in St. Petersburg, Russia. At the end of the canal is the Church of the Spilled Blood, one of the most famous sights in the city that is considered to be the cultural capital of Russia.

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Kommunalka Living in St. Petersburg, Russia – Throwback to an Earlier Era

On any other day, I would have passed by the spartan, crumbling building without a glance. On this day, however, Viking River Cruises had invited me to visit a Kommunalka, a communal living arrangement that is still practiced by a large percentage of residents in St. Petersburg, Russia. Across the interior courtyard, a…

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PHOTO: Smolny Cathedral and Convent, St. Petersburg, Russia

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Smolny Cathedral and Convent was built to house Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great, after she was banned from succession to the throne. The Baroque cathedral was named Smolny – ‘tar’ in Russian – for the tar pits that once occupied the…

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