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Wet winter, pt.2

St.Petersburg, Russia, January 8, 2005. The embankments of Neva River. The yellow building on Vassilievsky Island is Alexander Menshikov's palace (early 18th century.) The taller 18th century building on the left is I don't know what :)
St.Petersburg. Neva River

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agentcabanas
Jan. 30th, 2005 10:01 am (UTC)
Wow, WTF. Are those ice...bergs?
jennienguyen
Jan. 30th, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
that's what i was thinking...
wolk_off
Jan. 30th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
Iceberg is a mountain of ice :) No, those are just icefloes, blocks of ice. This part of Neva is relatively narrower and deeper than that above Palace Bridge, it's about 200 feet (60 m) deep in the middle, so the current here is faster than above, and ice doesn't last long when winters are relatively mild (like this year.) Above the bridge, there's more ice (I'l post a photo later.)
Last year we could cross Neva by walking on ice, this year it was impossible (we go to St.Pete every January for Xmas vacations - Russian Xmas is January 7, not December 25.)
this_is_it____
Jan. 30th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
i think that ice looks so cool.
kysaya_ch
Jan. 31st, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
The building farther left from Menshikov's Palace is the Academy of Fine Art - since the 1750s the highest art teaching institution in Russia. It's a pity one cannot look at it any closer beacuse though the building itself is nothing that special for St.Petersburg :) the ramp to the water there is quarded by two sphynxes - straight from Egypt :)http://artroots.com/ra/morephotos.html
http://www.cityspb.ru/spb_foto.html?id=13
http://lit.1september.ru/index.php?year=2003&num=45
wolk_off
Jan. 31st, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)
Yup. I knew that. I only forget that the Academy is on Vassilievsky :) Well, typical for a hopeless мааааасквич, what else would I say? ;-))
wolk_off
Jan. 31st, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
BTW here's a bit of (opens in a new window) my Chicago (a hopelessly tourist-ish look, I know :)))
axxe
Jan. 31st, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
здание слева называется "академия художеств".

на его куполе сидит пятиметровая екатерина. недавно отреставрированная и вполне себе блестящая.
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