Viking Ship, Alexy Surkov
Yes, it was cold
Moscow River Station, where all river boats dock.
Nanook of the North
Traditional Bread Offering by the staff
Samovar in dining room
A gift from Barbara Bush
In any language, “Toilet”....in the woods.
Viking guides, Masha and dear Tatiana
The ubiquitous souvenir,,,Matrioshka dolls
My California Matrioshka...overlooking Moscow from Sparrow Hill
Kids are kids...everywhere
Napoleon's “Arch of Defeat”
Into Moscow's famed Metro we go
Several scenes of the amazing metro
In any language....“Big Mac quarter pounder”!
Arbat Street Pedestrian Mall
Nydia and Vanessa, the Viking Girls
Typical Arbat Street vendors
Hard Rock strikes again!
Bulat Okudzhava, An Arbat poet, folk singer of fame
By the world renowned Architect, Austin (Austin Tayshus)
Local Paparazzi, tipped off that we were coming
Chicago Cows in Moscow??
Typical Stalin-era building
First of many St. Basil pix
Red Square (Russian National Historical Museum)
Red Square and Kremlin Tower (right)
Everlasting Flame for Unknown Soldier (Kremlin Wall)
Changing of the Guard
Kremiln, Moscow River
The “”Tree of Locks“(newly weds attach a padlock to the tree, paint their names on it and throw the key into the river...solidifying their marriage!)
Balalaika Ensemble at Tretyakov Theater (superb!)
Free Enterprise, vendors everywhere
The new Bronnaya Street Synagogue, Moscow
Tverskaya Metro Stop
Near River Station (Reka Vakzal) where boat is docked
Moscow by Night
Block-long, gigantic billboards all over Russia
Peter the Great's Naval Monument
Moscow State Unversity
Inside the Kremlin (Presidential Palace)
The “Czar's Cannon”, 1586
Old Russian weaponry
Mother of all Bells
So you thought the Liberty Bell had a crack! (this guy did it barehanded)
Onion domes, anyone?
Sunken Church of Rybinsk, Volga at dawn
One of many locks
Nouveau riche, perhaps?
Duet of old Russian folk favorite, “Katiusha”
My singing partner in Uglich
The blue domes of Uglich-on-the-water
The Mad Monk of Uglich
The Little Tsarina
Uglich's main street
Felt boots, anyone?
I knew we'd find a 7-11
Church in Yaroslavl
War memorial in Yaroslavl....with eternal flame
Every town, city and village has a memorial (“The Great Patriotic War, 1941-45”)
Aptly named bus....in the country that gave us The Sputnik
Sun deck...all we need is sun
The locks at Goritzy
Lifting us to the top of the wall
Mother Volga, “mat rodnaya”
Monastery at Goritzy , c.1500
Aerial view of the entire complex
Goritzy Vendor's Mall
another poignant war memorial
Sunset time on the Volga
Rough waters on Lake Onega (Europe's 2nd largest lake)
On the Captain's Bridge
Tatiana and Asst to the Captain
Another river ship
First view of Kizhi Island
Kizhi's big guy....“Preobranzhenskaya” ... Church of the Transfiguration, 1714..not a single nail!
Count the domes
Remote Kizhi Island....an Open Air Museum of Architecture
“Shop” = “magazine”
Planked walkways on Kizhi
Performing on board...“never met a mike I didn't like”
Scenes of The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
How many Russians does it take to straighten a picture?
Monument to Alexander II (St. Isaac's in background)
The Red, White and Blue (during building renovations around Russia, facades are placed to cover up the work)
Church of The Spilled Blood (site of Alexander II's assassination)
Hermitage from across the Neva River
Peter and Paul Fortress
Peter the Great
Peter and Catherine
Welcome to Catherine's Palace (in the town of Pushkin)
Surly Palace Guardsman
Lunch at Akademia Restaurant
St. Petersburg Sinagoga
Canals of St. Petersburg....“Venice of the North”
Our Arizona shipmates.....farewell dinner
Bev,Diane,Ron, Bob, and us
St. Basil's in 1985
Leningrad, at Peter and Paul Fortress..Judy local kids in 1985
The Tower Greats at Peter The Great famous statue, Leningrad, 1985
Summer Palace at Petrodvorets in late fall.
Leningrad, summer palace
just sang "Katiusha" and "Korobushka"
Leningrad's "working" synagogue, 1985
The President, Grigor Grassman (KGB dupe, or not??)
Leningrad's chuppah at the synagogue
Nah, we've done it 34 years already!