Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - vladm

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 ... 16
Robert, I think you are mistaking about Russian folks interest in NII. For my understanding, problem in another direction: not much Russian people, can make relation between NII and AP, mainly because of the Soviet education - all of them thinking NII lived in Winter Palace (primary residence), and has been evicted during 1917 February Revolution from his primary residence.
In most of the Russian People mind, Alexander Palace, sort of dacha, and after February 1917 prison for his family, significance sort of not exceeding Epatiev House (if some one know about it at all). Unfortunately information what we have here on this site, only few folks in Russia understand, and care about.
I am not sure, how many people can agree with me, but modern Russian person in Russia, care mostly about money and possession/collection of goods. Life for education, moving science and world knowledge forward, history preservation becoming extinct quality for Russian folks. Careless mindset can be seen everywhere, start from condition of Alexander Palace, going to quality of the roads (from road engineering perspective), pollution level, bribery on all official levels, way how people drive, care about job and each other etc.
I am not trying to dramatize situation, but I am looking in to that from realistic point of view. I know my point of view, often create a lot of turmoil here, but if I can't speak truth - who can?
I have from last year close to 1000 pictures of Tsarskoye Selo parks and palaces, Alexander Palace on most of them looking not far from 1944 photographs, and what scares me the most: folks who care about it - here in this forum, Pushkin citizens and Russian government officials accepting situation as is. 

News Links / Re: Soviet dissident writer Solzhenitsyn dies a
« on: August 04, 2008, 09:25:17 PM »
Indeed sad news.
Sarkozy compared him to Dostoyevsky ...
Very good observation!
Actually I truly admire both writers for excellent object and situation projection. Dostoyevsky for image of the St. Petersburg of XIXth century - during the winter back in 1980th I could recall misery of winter: snow and chill going through the bone, exactly how described by Dostoyevsky. Also, Solzhenitsyn for imagery - I've passed through Soviet time, fortunately I managed not to end up in gulag or any Russian prison, but Russian military was close enough, or maybe even worth in some cases than gulag, because Russian military of my time, was without intellectual layer, so I could not exchange my knowledge with my peers, and all my strength were directed to basic survival. But knowing - it will all end soon enough, was making up the difference, so I could not possibly imagine, how Solzhenitsyn and other inmates were managed to survive that long in those dreadful conditions of gulag

Long lasting memory for one of the most incredible world writers - Solzhenitsyn!  I hope his books will be passed through generations that we will not be able to repeat history, regardless of what country or place are we talking about.

Unfortunately Joanna berried announcement deep in the forum, and folks may missed great news we all were waiting for:

Here is my translation:
Iraida Bott, announced on July 29th, that ownership of the Alexander Palace from Russian Navy to GMZ "Tsarskoye Selo", complete. It will be part of the GMZ budget from next fiscal year (I believe Russian fiscal - year equal to calendar year). From next year (2009), work will begin on roof of the building and preparation to general plan of the restoration. Restoration will start on year 2010, but according to announcement, only on exterior of the building.

Current Events / A czar's collection comes to Oshkosh,WI museum
« on: July 12, 2008, 01:11:38 AM »
If someone from Wisconsin, folks have a chance to see exhibition at Oshkosh Public Museum:
"The Tsar and the President"

Please visit following site for details:
Or you can read the article at:

Pushkin Travel Center / Re: New summer trips to TS
« on: September 24, 2007, 09:16:03 PM »
I knew I’d end up coming up with more questions! :) I thank you for all the help all of you have supplied already! I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have a little extra guidance for my travels. I’ve actually been rather lucky and found one package in February (for hotel and roundtrip airfare) for $1,100. The hotel with this is package is the Petro Sport Hotel. I believe that is what it’s called, anyway. :)

I have rather not a good news for you, this hotel located far far away from public transportation, and it will be challenging to get from/to Metro station (6 km distance).
here the MAP,30.50045&spn=0.12277,0.247879&z=12
distance from 1-e Янино to Ладожский вокз

Tsarskoe Selo Town / Re: Basic facts of Tsarskoe Selo
« on: September 23, 2007, 04:13:19 PM »
In 1910, the Tsarskoe Selo population numbered 30,881, distributed as follows:



Source would be S. Viltchkovsky "Tsarskoe Selo" page 273

Pushkin Town History / Travel report part 2
« on: September 22, 2007, 05:30:09 PM »
In continuation of the first report from here:,10222.0.html

Second part of the report will be Yussupovs Palace
Part -1

Part -2

p.s. I will put original messages in appropriate sections of the forum, and will create duplicate here

Pushkin Town History / Re: Travel report part 1
« on: September 20, 2007, 10:22:19 PM »

Pushkin Town History / Travel report part 1
« on: September 19, 2007, 12:41:32 PM »
I start putting together photo report, text will come for now only pictures:

Cameron Gallery - Chapter one
Here few images

For detail report follow the link

Imperial Russian History / Re: 1905 Bloody Sunday
« on: September 11, 2007, 08:25:58 PM »
Yes.  Putin . . . and the oil-propped-up economy, and the ultranationalists, and the fabrications of the budding hagiography around the imperial family.  It's going to be a rough century for most Russians.  Again.
Tsarfan, unfortunately its already rough, but I don't think Putin anything to do with it, he just ride the wave of insanity... Russians took country to this extreme by themselves. 
But I believe Russia nowadays back to its monarchic roots, only from highly educated nobility, and desire to improve life in Russia, country been ruled by little kings in each of the city or town, I would like to call - "le roi des cornichons".

Pushkin Travel Center / Re: New summer trips to TS
« on: September 11, 2007, 07:35:45 PM »
AP can have someone,who will provide tour in English.
Comment I made, was base on my actual experience, I've heard English tour guide in AP this August, so I assume they (AP) may have someone in staff English speaking already.
In any case, during my experience, I was very annoyed by the staff of museum not only AP, but also Catherine Palace, because forcefully they "knew" what is best for me...

Pushkin Travel Center / Re: New summer trips to TS
« on: September 11, 2007, 05:42:05 PM »
Hello, there! I am very grateful for this thread. I've recently been planning a trip to Russia and have desperately needed assistance!

I intend to go during February and have been trying to save up money to do so. I guess I have a number of questions that I hope aren't too difficult to answer! :) I appreciate any assistance!

1st you will need to get Visa
I found this guys to be very helpful and cooperative:

ticket, during the winter prices are much cheaper, but to Russia price can go up to $1100 + taxes

1) What are some of the best hotels in St. Petersburg? They don't necessarily have to be four stars, just as long as they are suitable for a simple tourist! :) Does anyone know of any? I've seen a few in travel packages, but these are the "big ones"!
pick any hotel from yahoo travel (ticket you can get from there as well), better to get entire package, verify first location of the hotel, it should be near the vicinity of the St. Petersburg center. (not Park Inn Pulkovskaya, its located far away from center)

2) How much would a trip to Russia cost, approximately? Actually, how much should I expect the cheapest trip to Russia (St. Petersburg) to cost? My budget is severely limited, but I am ready to work as hard as I must to get there! :)
if you planning to stay in luxury for two weeks ~$4000+, but you can cut down cost by staying with some family or hostel, you can get down to $2000-$2500 including meals transportation and museums

3) Is it hard to get around without knowing Russian, if you aren't with a tour group? My friend speaks Russian and may join us, but I don't know if that's definite, and I know only a bit of Russian, none of which would be helpful during travel! :D

It is difficult without basic knowledge, however few Russian words and knowledge of Cyrillic alphabet can get you really far, I would recommend to get acquainted with English speaking person, and at least 10%-30% of the time have his/her guidance.

4) Does Alexander Palace offer tours of any sort (Oh, I hope it does!) and if so, do they run during February? Also, this question is much less important and probably a little too specific, but do they allow cameras or film cameras inside, if it pertains to a student project?
Entry to the palaces during high season only with tours, I believe during winter time, AP can have someone,who will provide tour in English.

good luck with your trip, please provide report to us, how did it went...

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 ... 16