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Peterhof / Fountain Centerpiece "Samson" Sculpture returned to Peterhof
« Last post by Admiral_Kolchak on May 23, 2011, 07:15:42 PM »
April 16 the famous Samson sculpture form Peterhof has returned home after a tour through St. Peterburg from the  sculptural workshops on Vasilevsky Island all the way west to Peterhof to be teh centerpiece of the main fountain.

At noon Samson stopped on the square in front of Ostrowski Alexandrinsky Theater.

The restoration covered Samson with a double layer of gold leaf.
Restoration of the sculpture began in late 2010 to put in order for the 65 anniversary of the first post-war run the fountains, which will be celebrated in August 2011, ITAR-TASS.

The sculpture "Samson tearing the lion's mouth" was cast on the model by Bartolomeo Rastrelli and installed at Peterhof in 1735 to commemorate the 25 th anniversary of the victory at Poltava, which occurred on the day of St Sampson Strannopriimtsa.

By 1801 the composition dilapidated, was cast bronze figure of Michael Kozlowski.
She designed the pedestal for Andrei Voronikhin. When the Nazi occupation of Peterhof statue disappeared,  the third Samson appeared after the war.
Its reproduced from archival photographs by Basil Simonov and
returned to Peterhof on 31 August 1947.
 A new penthouse restaurant has opened in St. Petersburg and in our hobby of visiting every panoramic venue in St. Petersburg, we had to tell you about it!  

It is called Teplitsa, which means Greenhouse in English.

It is a new renovation on top of the Stereo Kino at 88 Nevsky Propekt.  It is enclosed in glass for a sky view, and the window view is of the courtyards at Nevsky 88. Not an open vista like most penthouse restaurants, but a  pleasant variant.   Okay, it's no Sky BAr views, in fact it's not that high ... but still, it is a view restaurant.

The atmosphere is garden, with fake green turf on the floor and garden items for decoration. Chairs are covered in white.

Teplitsa’s menu is mostly Italian, and eclectic to say the least! Perhaps the cook is just experimenting.

The Pumpkin soup, which sounds vegetarian, comes with calamari (squid) rings.
And the tomato soup has been said to contain fish!
Soups are 150-200 rubles. Lasagna is 250 rubles and Beef Stroganov 330 rubles. Not bad.
Be sure to ask the server about the dishes, the food may differ from the menu.

Teplitsa - Greenhouase
88 Nevsky Prospekt
Tel: 318 0105
Open daily 8 a.m. till the last customer
Menu in Russian
A little pricey for a full meal.

The building is still under renovation, with a nightclub planned in the main movie hall.
Space is the theme of this year’s Museum Night in St. Petersburg, the annual all-night festival   of lmuseums, exhibition halls and galleries stay open for nocturnal patrons.

From 6 p.m. on Saturday to 6 a.m. on Sunday, more than 60 museum venues will treat visitors to displays on a cosmic theme and the 50th anniversary of Yury Gagarin’s historic achievement of becoming the first man in space.

Seventeen museums are taking part in the event for the first time this year.

Admission to all 60 museums is 300 rubles, about $11.00.

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Loft Rizzoli Art Foundation has a rocket on the roof.
Pirates Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in Moscow for opening May 11, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean actors Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz presented their new film “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” in Moscow this week on the red carpet of the “October” cinema to big crowds of fans and press.
Airlines and airports / Re: Moscow in October
« Last post by Admiral_Kolchak on May 13, 2011, 01:14:19 AM »
The easiest way is by Taxi.
You can also catch a bus to Metro, that is the cheapest way if you have light bags.

October is nice, crisp air and leaves fall as first snows fall. Lovely and few tourists!
Events, Holidays and Festivals / May 9: Day of Victory 2011
« Last post by Sennaya on May 10, 2011, 03:52:25 AM »
The Day of Victory over Hitler in WWII is such a big holiday in Russia. It will be celebrated as long as Russia is a country with great gusto.
Add the fact that it also begins the warm weather after a long Winter -- people just can't wait to propel themselves outdoors and celebrate freedom and hope for the future!

There is a nice phpt essay at

Here WWII soldiers participate in parade down Nevsky Prospect in St. Petersburg. The gal with the flowers and cigar must have been some soldeir!
Events, Holidays and Festivals / Re: May 1: Workers Day
« Last post by Sennaya on May 10, 2011, 03:47:38 AM »
Woohoo! Long warm days are coming!
Attractions and things to do in St. Petersburg / Re: Things to see in St Petersburg?
« Last post by GFI on May 02, 2011, 09:20:46 PM »
Most Viewed Things to Do in Saint Petersburg
Cathedrals and Churches
St.Peter and St.Paul's Fortress
Nevsky Avenue
St.Isaac's Cathedral
Rivers and Canals
Furthermore, there are also plenty of things to do which are must see in Saint Petersburg.
Attractions and things to do in St. Petersburg / Re: The Water Museum
« Last post by GFI on May 02, 2011, 09:14:27 PM »
I really like to see historical places which because you can gain your knowledge through these places.

Russian Standard Launches Bartender Competition  

Russian Standard Vodka has announced their first-ever bartender competition called "Emotion In A Glass," encouraging bartenders nationwide to mix-up a cocktail reminiscent of their favorite or most interesting emotion. Among other prizes, the winner will receive a trip to Russia.

The winner of the competition will be able to show-off their winning cocktail in Food and Wine Magazine's November issue, and a free trip to Russia. The consumer choice winner will win a trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.

All entries must be in by May 5th. The top 20 cocktails will be revealed on Facebook for Consumer Choice, and June 20th the Grand Prize and Consumer Choice winners will be announced. For recipe submissions and more information, visit
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