Russian Spires

St. Petersburg, Moscow, & Environs, 2005

The Cathedral of the Nativity -- Suzdal  In 2005 Ruby and I spent the month of April in Russia. We visited with Ian's wife Marina — and her son Max — in Saint Petersburg. We also took a side-trip to Moscow and the nearby towns of Suzdal and Vladimir.

The Cathedral of the Nativity -- Suzdal

In 2005 Ruby and I spent the month of April in Russia. We visited with Ian's wife Marina — and her son Max — in Saint Petersburg. We also took a side-trip to Moscow and the nearby towns of Suzdal and Vladimir.

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The Neva River runs through St.Petersburg. The April weather is turning the surface ice into water.

The Neva River runs through St.Petersburg. The April weather is turning the surface ice into water.

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The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

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Church of the Palm Sunday, Suzdal

Church of the Palm Sunday, Suzdal

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Outside and inside the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, Suzdal

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I read that the subway tunnels are so deep they could double as fallout shelters.

We found many excellent cafés — great places to escape the cold weather!

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Saint Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow

Saint Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow

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Old wooden church in the rain, Suzdal

Old wooden church in the rain, Suzdal

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Is it stereotypical to note their contentment — Marina looking down at her plate of blinies in St. Petersburg and Ruby about to dig into her Beijing duck in Moscow?

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The Cathedral of the Assumption (or the Dormitian Cathedral), Vladimir

The Cathedral of the Assumption (or the Dormitian Cathedral), Vladimir