Wednesday, August 27, 2014

So I have been distracted lately.

I wasn't feeling well, and yesterday I had my root canal finished. It was an hour and half process, and it involved holding my head still. I have lots of photos from the past few days/weeks.
I have realized that Tsarske Selo, is a different location then Peterhof palace. I am trying to unravel it all.
But I did finally make it to the Amber Room. It's amazing, and unremarkable all at the same time. I learned that the room was moved around to different locations. So it was never set in stone, at Tsarske Selo.
The majority of the palaces are dipped in gold and ornate, and extremely huge. It is a very interesting concept, a palace when you live in the united states.
More pictures to come, honest.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

More from the interior of Peter Paul Fortress

This was an outdoor sculpture.

 Here's me looking my loveliest, in one of the sculpture chairs. Angry german being spoken directly to my side, because the guy was like taking a million camera photo pictures of his friends in chairs. Acting all like he's from National Geographic, it's just a camera phone. Ugh. Just move so I and the hundreds of other visitors, can sit in the damn chair. 
 The things on this sculpture moved. But the sculpture didn't move. I think it was like a sun clock. I don't know. But it was cool.

 But wait who's taking the picture now. It's your favorite four year old. He's holding the camera, and he's taking the photo. Which is why the angle is weird. But he likes taking photos. ..
 Of his scooter. You can barely see it in the photo above. I think I am gesturing to it. I have some other photo's of the scooter.
 He also likes to take photos of wild life.
 His grandma and his scooter. She motioning towards me.
Because I have this lovely pose going on. I meant to have my eyes open, but my photographer was too fast. I am also wearing his hat, and I wish the purse wasn't strangling me. Loki took several more photos of me, in this awkward pose. He likes to take photos, but it's difficult to take the camera away from him. I don't think he needs his own camera, and I don't think I am going to buy him one. I don't think he needs a camera. But he does take cute pictures sometimes, and he has fun.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Welcome to the Interior of Peter Paul Fortress

 The oldest compound in Russia. Where the majority of the Romanov family is interred. Where the mint is/was located at. Where Peter the great planned the majority of Saint Petersburg.


There was a flood I believe, or a flood, and a young woman held in the penal part of the the compound. She died of course. The marker on the wall, the not gold marker is the indicator of where the flood water reached. I can't imagine the city being flooded.




 Here I am nonchanlantly leaning against a giant rabbit. The island was home to lots of Rabbits? Something about rabbits.






Loki found a hat that he liked. Many people were site seeing at Peter Paul Fortress. They were none to excited about the pushy American lady trying to get photos of her freakishly adorable child. These chairs I don't remember from the last time we were there. Probably an art installation. Don't worry there will be dozens more photos from the fortress. I guess it's fortress and not compound. Oh well.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The view from Peter Paul Fortress

 Here is the state Hermitage. Last year we could walk across the frozen river. There is a gold church spiral in the back ground. I thought it was possibly Church of Spilled blood.
 Just going to dip everything in gold. This is Vasilevsky (sure we will go with that) "Island" I think spit is a better term. Whatever. I think those are the rostral column rising in the background.
 A different angle, both columns.


 Back to the Hermitage.
 And crooked shot including where I am standing.

So you are still at Leisure island ...

What's the next thing you do, take a quick trip out to the Gulf of Finland. Because it's 8 or 9 ish at night and nothing keeps a kid awake then a quick jaunt on a boat.










The sunset was, pretty. But it starts setting after 9 20 pm.



It was a really quick trip. A lot of the tours are in Russian, so it makes it really annoying to listen in to the tour guide. Something I can quickly pull out from the tour guides schpeel is archeticture, and Saint Petersburg. Do you like our purple blankets, yeah those were for us to use on the boat, while sitting up top. Were are they from, Ikea of course!

They don't call it Leisure park for nothing...

Here is me wrangling a gun, (actually air rifle with pellet.) with Loki next to me. Sad story, Loki couldn't properly hold the "rifle" and pull the trigger at the same time.






 See this lady in the blue with the long brown hair? Yeah she's holding a "pistol" or hand gun and is totally blowing away lined up cans. I mean she was brutal.
 The other kids at the gun parlor (is that the right word, whatev's it's my blog) where aiming at a target. I was aiming for that blue disk in the upper right of the photo. And not hit my kid with the gun. After the lady in blue was done using the pistol/hand gun, the propprietor then handed it to my son, because it fit his hand better. So that's promising. What did Loki hit, I don't even think he landed anything. But he sure was laughing.
A parting shot of an almost sunset. By the way, it gets dark at 11, but the sun set is technically after 1015 pm.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kirov Centeral Culture and Leisure Park

We go here quite a bit. It's usually free, but this was a Friday evening so there was a cost to come in. Realize that anything inside the park also has a cost to it. It is known as either Leisure Island, Kirov, or Yelgin Island. A lot of sections of Saint Petersburg gets the moniker, "Island", but I am not sure if they are technically islands or not. If they are man made islands, then does that technically count as an actual island?
 Here is Loki and Sergey trying to cram their way into the park. The lady in the orange safety jacket is collecting tickets.
 So Loki is really into fishing lately, and this resulted in his grandparents spending money on fishing supplies. That's okay because it makes Loki extremely happy. Those people are sitting at the lake edge, trying to enjoy their beer, and have a snack and here comes MR. American child. So much for your pleasant afternoon.

 This is the lake in the park. It could partially be man made. The Neva feeds into it, and it was frozen the last time we came to Russia. Yes those are ducks, and yes you can rent a row boat and feel very romantic rowing your self across the lake. Through the lake? I don't know, how you transit through this body of water. The people in the boats are : kids, adults, teens, parents, seniors. I insisted Loki wear his life jacket, when we went on a boat ride, but it wasn't actually that deep. I would prefer that we attempt to pretend to be safe. When we take Taxi's he refuses to wear his seat belt, because literally no one else is.
 This is how they have Loki fishing. It's a reel that isn't like one I am used to. But sometimes the rod sits in the water, and sometimes depending on the location it is held . Mind you, people are only 5 feet away from us, churning up water with row boats.




Eventually a fish was caught, instead of releasing it back into nature of course we tied it in a bag, and let it suffocate. I am under the impression that we are going to eat it. I would rather never eat that thing. SO GROSS. We caught two more that day. By the way, don't comment about what kind of fish it is. Your guess is as good as mine.