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The Alexander Palace / Re: Pensioners' Stables
« on: September 19, 2006, 10:53:11 PM »
I would love some information on the Pensioners' Stables. What were they used for. I think the word Pensioner says something but what's the history?

Forum Announcements / Court Overturns Decision on Russian Czar
« on: August 08, 2006, 11:40:24 PM »
Court Overturns Decision on Russian Czar

Published: August 8, 2006
Filed at 1:23 a.m. ET

MOSCOW (AP) -- A court on Monday overturned a ruling refusing to recognize Czar Nicholas II and his family as victims of political repression, a lawyer for the royal family's descendants said.

The Alexander Palace / Re: Exteriors of Alexander Palace
« on: July 06, 2006, 08:48:33 PM »
Wow, you were there the same week I was!

Forum Announcements / Re: Tsar's Private Dacha
« on: July 05, 2006, 09:54:59 PM »
Yes, it was Nicholas II's uniform. I remember looking at it very closely and reading the info. I do not recall if it said which uniform it represented though.

Forum Announcements / Re: Tsar's Private Dacha
« on: July 05, 2006, 09:26:55 PM »
Yep, you are right. I guess it's Alexandria. The pictures of my trip are at

On the left side where it shows a folder structure click on "Russia" that will organize them into photo galleries by topic or just click on whatever folder you want. I'm still trying to figure out this software. The pictures in question are in the folder "Tsar's Private Dacha"

Forum Announcements / Tsar's Private Dacha
« on: July 02, 2006, 03:48:59 PM »
I just returned from a trip to St. Petersburg and while there the guide took me to a location called the Tsar's private dacha. There is a plaque there that says it is the birthplace of Alex. It's in ruins and has a fence around it, but if you walk towards the ocean it stops and you can walk around where it ends. I have pictures if anyone is interested. I'm not sure if this topic is a repeat or not.

Forum Announcements / Money for trip to St. Petersburg
« on: April 16, 2006, 11:21:01 PM »
I am going to St. Petersburg in June and I am not sure in what form to take money. I have heard that there are a lot of ATM's over there. I will of course have my Visa card.  Are travelers checks accepted? I am staying at a cash only Bed & Breakfast so I need funds for that and also I have a car and driver, I'm sure that will be cash as well.

Forum Announcements / Re: Trip to Russia in June
« on: November 22, 2005, 09:57:32 PM »
Thanks all for your replies.

Forum Announcements / Trip to Russia in June
« on: October 19, 2005, 09:32:28 PM »
So I am headed to Italy in June with my family and extended family and get to take a side trip to St. Petersburg for 4-5 days by myself.  I will be flying in to Peter on the 23rd or 24th. Flying back to Italy on the 27th or 28th.
I'm thinking I will go on a tour as I have never been there and do not speak or read Russian. The travel agent spoke of all kinds of problems by going alone, and my wife is all freaked out now. Things like hassles by the police, getting arrested, blah, blah, blah.

I plan to visit;
The Hermitage
Alexander Palace
Any other ideas from you folks?
Any Interesting war or military museums in the area?

I would prefer not to go with a tour but I do not know how to arrange for a private guide before I get there.

What kind of money should I take?
Does plastic work?
How about travelers checks?
Will my cell phone work there? I'm thinking they don't.
Any other need to know stuff?

Anyone else on the list going to be there at the same time?

I viewed it when it was in Santa Fe. I have been wanting to see one of the Tsar exhibits for years but could never get to one so this was very exciting for me. I was a little disapointed but I wasn't sure what I would see in the first place. I'm still glad I went though! It was mostly day to day stuff and not much in the way of fancy stuff. Alexandra's clothes on display were day gowns. There was a table from one of her rooms and it was very simple, painted white I think, and in very poor condition. Actually it looked like junk. I was hoping to see one Fabrage egg, but I guess they are far too expensive to display.

There were a couple of their famous photo albums and letters from Nicky to Alix and vice versa.

There was a book available for purchase that pictured and described everything on display. I have really enjoyed looking through it.

There was an interesting book for sale called "The Kitchen Boy" by Robert Alexander. It's a novel that tells the story of the last days of the Tsar and his family and their execution through the eyes of the kitchen boy. It's fiction but everything is based on fact. The author was there to sign your book so that was great.

The museum here was selling old Russian Icons but at prices way out of my reach!

An interesting thing about the exhibit in Santa Fe is that the town built the entire summer around it, calling it Russian Summer, and they had stuff going on all summer, it was fun!

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