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Alinka reminds me of the Gerber baby...a little bit. Oh and my friend's daughter was called Alinka, her name was Allison and of course Alinka was the endearing term for her name. Mine is Kalinka. No one in Russia was ever named Colleen! And I've had Russian chocolate...it's great; different, but on my life's work sampling/evaluating chocolate of the world (unofficially, someone has to 😉 ) it's distinctive and that adds to its enjoyment. My sister reluctantly shared some she brought back from a US/Russian space agency trip she facilitated. 

 

Thank you for the kind words you shared about CC and everyone here, and it goes both ways. We're all here because we love it as much as our members do; most of us are also avid travelers, past/present or future, so we are all like-minded in our vision and passion for travel and community.

 

The videos are equally astounding but of course they've come from the same equipment but, often the best equipment does not produce optimal outcomes unless operated as intended by the engineers and designers. And while technology has made it possible, thankfully, for overall photo/video quality within reach for many users now, maximizing the potential remain up to the individual user. The pan on vid two is cinematic and spectacular, color and sound all terrific, the location, well you knew it was photogenic to shoot, but after that, the place itself gets the credit. 😉 For a while I thought I was somewhere else, not glacier alley too....this place reminded me of other places, I'm not sure where - maybe a little bit of Mount Fuji - I'm not sure why, but again, I was hypnotized. Beautiful.

 

Yes, I've seen instances of bottle-cap art too, though perhaps not as extensive as you describe (wise to skip the toilet, although if they hammered out and polished?) which sounds like a place I'd be keen on hanging out in. There's a place near me that has vintage license plates up all over. I like seeing things made from old palettes or whatever. And, a photo festival (coincidence!) I know and love well in Brooklyn (under the bridge!) exhibits photography every year in repurposed shipping containers, each one becoming a sort of gallery as part of a village under the bridge for two weeks each year. 
 

Visual stories are a wonderful way to share information about places we go, people we meet and things we do. We appreciate so much all the videos and photos shared on Cruise Critic, and ever more so any additional creativity that members put in to capturing their travel memories and posting them on CC. 

 

Thank you again, look forward to your next dispatches 🙂 

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Kalinka ? As in Kalinka Malinki ?  One of our favorite Russian songs .

 

 

When first laid eyes on the Alyonka chocolate bar in 2009 , we were in a Russian supermarket while visiting St. Petersburg with my wife . In a true deja vu moment of facial recognition , I knew that I must have this candy bar !

 

 

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I had seen that face before .

So here's a photo of a 35 year old T-shirt with a photo from 1958 on the front, of my little Alyonka , Pat - 6 years before the candy was first created in Moscow . 😉

 

 

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And so , I sit munching my chocolate bar

 

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and aft ,

 

 

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remembering the good , old days !! Chocolate anybody ?

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After leaving Yeliseev's , our next stop was the statue of Yuri Dolgorukiy , the founder of Moscow .

 

 

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http://www.moscow-russia-insiders-guide.com/yuri-dolgoruky-founder-of-moscow.html

 

 

And across the street , the beautiful Moscow Town hall

 

 

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Next up was a statue of Pushkin .

 

 

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We didn't notice until later the Soviet newspaper Izvestia was on the left of the photo .

 

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Instead , our attention was on this park and the theatre .

 

 

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And the pony rides !

 

 

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The theatre was showing the Disney version musical of Beauty and the Beast . Had we known that it was playing , we would have went there on the previous rainy evening , after dinner with our friends .

 

 

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21 hours ago, scubacruiserx2 said:

Kalinka ? As in Kalinka Malinki ?  

Kalinka is "little guelder rose berry" 🙂 Incidentally, Malinka is "little raspberry".

 

Here's some of my favorites: 

If you end up in Alyonka store, don't miss out on the ones shaped likea bottle and the ones with the University building on the wrapper. These have alcohol in them - yum!

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1 hour ago, napoxoguk said:

 

 

 

Kalinka is "little guelder rose berry" 🙂 Incidentally, Malinka is "little raspberry".

 

Here's some of my favorites: 

If you end up in Alyonka store, don't miss out on the ones shaped likea bottle and the ones with the University building on the wrapper. These have alcohol in them - yum!

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Nice assortment ! My wife likes the one with the squirrel .

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Our guide showed us the former Red October factory on the Moscow River

 

 

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I've still got this candy bar from our last trip there .

 

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Oops - I have just noticed the building on that piece of vodka candy is not Moscow State - it's the building you had on one of your earlier pictures 🙂

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16 hours ago, napoxoguk said:

Oops - I have just noticed the building on that piece of vodka candy is not Moscow State - it's the building you had on one of your earlier pictures 🙂

 

How many of those vodka candies did you eat ?  😊

 

Reminds us of the movie The Irony of Fate , or how was your bath ?

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If you visit Russia and want to take a break , the proper way is ask is " May we stop for tea " . Alina said that we were near a good place and took us to Schastye ( Russian for happiness ) .

 

 

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The previous photo was from the internet . We were given place mat / connect the dots puzzle with more dots than pages in War and Peace .

 

 

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After placing our order I began the daunting task of connecting the dots . I don't know why I couldn't see the forest for the trees , but my vision became as blurry as the previous photo . Taking a break from my labor I scanned the room and noticed something that I had missed . Not only was I the oldest guy there , I was the only guy there ! :eek: With the sense that I had accidentally invaded a Ladies room , I suddenly felt like I needed a cigarette - a habit that I gave up almost 40 year ago . A large group of young ladies seated near us became quite animated and drew my attention toward them - and then I noticed , they were all pregnant and some , full term . As my grandfatherly and retired paramedic instincts kicked in , I suddenly felt more comfortable . When I look at the photo below now , I don't know how I couldn't see the big picture .

 

 

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Here are some other reviews of Schastye :

 

http://www.tripadvisor.in/Restaurant_Review-g298484-d3756507-Reviews-Schastye-Moscow_Central_Russia.html

 

 

Next : The Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer .

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Our last stop was at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior .

 

 

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It has a long and and interesting story which can be read at this blog :

 

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Or seen on this video :

 

 

 

 

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Basically , it took 44 years to complete the cathedral which was opened in 1883 . It was blown up by Stalin's orders in 1931 to build the tallest skyscraper in the world , with a giant statue of Lenin on the top . The plans were changed when the USSR was invaded by Germany in WW II . After the war had ended , it became the world's largest swimming pool . With the end of the Soviet Union in 1990 , the cathedral was rebuilt by the will and donations of the people , including a large gift from Mc Donalds . We saw the plaques in the church recognizing the gifts of various donors . But we were not allowed to photograph the inside , however , the video shows the interior .

 

 

The front view

 

 

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And the rainy view

 

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A couple more photos of Moscow before we board the train to St. Petersburg .

 

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The former Hotel Moscow , now the Four Seasons .

 

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It's the building featured on the Stolichnaya Vodka label .

 

 

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We choose premium class for our return which includes a smaller , quieter room from the main station , with internet .

 

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And fewer people in our car

 

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We left Moscow promptly at 19:40 . Here's the announcements :

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner was served not long after

 

 

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Followed by sunset

 

 

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We swapped seats for a snooze and arrived in St. Petersburg at about 23:40

 

 

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On 10/5/2019 at 4:27 PM, scubacruiserx2 said:

Our guide showed us the former Red October factory on the Moscow River

 

 

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I've still got this candy bar from our last trip there .

 

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Ahhh, now we see the Aloynka allure...wow, the photo and illustration likenesses are striking! Could there have been some spying involved when searching for imagery to create packaging, you never know. (Oh and thx for the great chocolate imagery too, except, not great when there's none for us to eat, lol!!🙄) I like a good spy story to go with my chocolate...which brings me to....

 

I would call this Propaganda Candy. But I'd eat it anyway, however suspiciously 😉 

I'm going to look for the Aloynka here, or perhaps I can find it in the city or if not, Brighton Beach might have it. I love the Russian Stoli labels, sold so much of it once upon a time when family had a store in Queens. 

 

Kalinka was just the way my friend Dina familiarized my name, I think because C sound in cyrillic is K and the 'ka' is the way names are made endearing or familiar among friends and family; her husband was Chris but she called him Krisusha. She was Dinka. It's equivalent would be, sort of, like adding the -san to someone's name in Japanese except that knows no male/female versions where in Russian, there are difference. Hence, Colleen/Kalinka, Chris/Krisusha but, I dig Kalinka Malinka and believe it or not, I have a raspberries connection to my name from a work colleague. I know. Weird. Or not? 🤣

 

More excellent images...I'd heard about the swimming pool, I have a Stalin bio here waiting to dive into on my bookshelf. I'm still not over all I read about the Cultural Revolution and Mao after I got back from China. 

 

Train looked nice. The lottery? I think I'm too jaded, color me skeptical of train lottery roulette (1-36 random numbers?) sounds like a hustle to me but maybe I'm (probably) jaded. Now I need some of that red wrapper chocolate 😉 

 

Awesome posts everyone, spaseba! 

 

 

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A certain "Big Smile" store online has the Russian candy available. Should have brought some  home from last trip.

 

"I'd heard about the swimming pool, I have a Stalin bio here waiting to dive into on my bookshelf. "😀

 

As far as the lottery goes, we did not want to play any Russian games of chance especially after finding out what "Russian Roulette" was.

 

 

 

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We really liked having a Visa and staying in Russia.

You get to see and learn more at a slower pace. When there are no ships in port, you have very few people at the Hermitage, Peterhoff  or Catherine's Palace. We toured alone with a SPB Card or a private guide and could go where ever and whenever we pleased.

Recently we went to S.A. and Antarctica. We were warned by our ships captain, our private guide and a local, to watch our camera's in B.A.  We have never felt this way in St. Petersburg or Moscow.

We were in St.Petersburg on a cruise in June and will be writing a review of that visit next time.

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We booked a cruise going to Norway , Iceland and Scotland on the HAL Zuiderdam just 2 months before it sailed . A couple of days later we thought why not book a Baltic before the other cruise . This was our 7th visit to SPB so we felt comfortable booking late . It did move our departure date up a couple of weeks so rather then getting a new visa we decided to go with a private guide . The sunset was at 2300 with clear skies on the night before our arrival - so different then 3 days of rain that we had on our last cruise visit there .

 

 

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We were surprised to see #16 , The Other Side Gastro Pub ,  listed in the port guide . We know the owner and that he had sold the place and moved back to the US in 2013 . We had hoped to eat there  see him and his family while in town .

 

This is the Other Side and owner in 2009 on Victory Day .

 

 

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The former owner Emailed us and was as surprised as we were that the Port Guide showed the business as open  since he's still in the US .

 

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Its very crowded and shallow in the Gulf of Finland an you have to pass through the floodgates to get to or leave SPB .

 

 

 

Our terminal

 

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The Viking Sun

 

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The Celebrity warning

 

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Because our Russian Visas had expired we had to wait until 8:30 to get off the ship .

 

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On our previous visit to SPB us and our grandson had Visas and had planned to stay there and begin and end our cruise from there . Our favorite apartment was rented so we went to plan B  a 3 day stay from the cruise ship Eclipse . On the first we walked to the gate where we met our guide and left before any of the tours .

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We met our guide Irina and driver Nickoli and headed out to Peterhof

 

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We had requested a stop at St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peterfof

 

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Unfortunately they were working on the out side and with a service going on inside we couldn't take photos

 

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We walked down to the upper gardens of Peterhof

 

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It's nice and quite there before you enter the busyness of the lower gardens .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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