St. Petersburg

It was intriguing to see the large exhibition by Swiss sculptor Urs Fischer, whose works we've enjoyed here in Los Angeles
The Hermitage Museum with its numerous buildings, including the Winter Palace of the Russian Tsars, is celebrated for its
Fillipo's installation for Crossing Borders / Crossing Boundaries explores different border zones throughout the globe. From
Though she preferred posterity to be her judge, Catherine II acquired the moniker 'Great' during her remarkable 34-year run as empress. Under her watch, Russia became a global superpower and St. Petersburg a sophisticated cultural capital.
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Hank Hine: After the magic of a VR exploration of Dali's world, we are returned to the old magic of painterly mimesis. The
Animals as well as humans have suffered from greed and neglect across the former Soviet Union, animals-rights activists say. Some of the worst offenders have been organizations owned by the government, such as zoos and circuses.
The vibrant city has been steadily making its way into the national consciousness of art makers and lovers alike. Once known as God's Waiting Room, it is now not only known for its top-rated beaches but well on its way to becoming a premier art destination.
It is so quiet in Galina Tsypin's office that you can hear a pin drop. Or, to be more precise, a needle.
The governments can't get along. In Poland, with the election of a more conservative president and parliament, the tense
Why should it be left to governments and airlines with skin in the game to decide whether to issue flight restrictions or comply with warnings? What is needed is an international governing body charged with enforcing air corridor restrictions or closures, rather than merely issuing protocols and alerts.
Initially, Catherine's art collecting was a political pursuit, part of a calculated strategy to transform Russia from northern backwater to European superpower.
You might prefer to just step off the ship and walk down the main shopping street of the Nevsky Prospect and window shop, as many have done before you at the turn of the century, as the Gilded or Imperial Age was falling apart around them.
Visiting the opulent restored palaces of St. Petersburg is impressive and a must. But through these untouched sites, I walked into history and found the shadows of the Romanovs.
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