Author: Ivan Stupachenko

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Joseph Beyrle: Russo-American WWII Soldier

Joseph Beyrle: Russo-American WWII Soldier
Photo credit: www.rian.ru It’s an incredible story of a Michigan guy who was sent overseas to fight fascism, was captured, managed to escape and became the only soldier who served in two armies: in the American one and in the Soviet Union’s. In the honour of  Joseph Beyrey (1923-2004)...
February 22nd, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

Ideal Coffeeshop

Ideal Coffeeshop
My favourite coffee shop in St. Petersburg is The Ideal Cup. It’s a chain of cafes, not a very “long” one, but you can find them in the city’s center. I cannot say in detail what I like here. Maybe atmosphere? It’s very democratic here. You buy yourself a cup of tea or coffee...
February 20th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

Emelya: Russian National Cuisine

Emelya: Russian National Cuisine
A chain of bistros Emelya is called by the name of a Russian fairy-tale character whose main habit and lifestyle was being idle. What he likes the most is to lay on a big stove, as it can be seen on the picture above. Though over the course of the fairy-tale he appeared to be a a bit crazy and clever...
February 17th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

Peter and Paul Fortress: Full of Violent History

Peter and Paul Fortress: Full of Violent History
The Peter and Paul fortress is going to turn into an highly-valued archeological site. Incredibly, a very young (by, for example, European scale) fortress founded only in 1703, appeared to contain much of history in the guise of… human remains. In late 2009, excavating works revealed a mass grab...
February 16th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

Plushenko: Congressman and Olympic champion

Plushenko: Congressman and Olympic champion
Photo credit: www.yandex.ru If I told you that a local legislator (something like a congressman in USA) from St. Petersburg’s parliament is going to win a golden medal at the Olympics in Vancouver, you’d hardly believe me, I think. But in the case of Evgeni Plushenko it’s so. Being...
February 10th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

Art By Mail

Art By Mail
In my previous post I told about the exhibition dedicated to functionality in the guise of art or art per functionality, as you please. There is  another story of that sort, now it’s about Mail Art. Rather funny and a bit weird business I’d say, as you can see at a special exhibition which...
January 31st, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

French Posters From 1890s At The Hermitage

French Posters From 1890s At The Hermitage
A bill of the hippodrome at Porte Mailot, 1890 The picture credit: The Hermitage museum An exhibition “The French poster and ornamental graphic” is since Januar 23 at the Hermitage museum. We all know the great artists and their paintings created to serve people without any special function,...
January 30th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

Big Love Show on February 14

Big Love Show on February 14
This  the St. Valentine’s Day is on the same as the final of the Russian most popular winter fest Maslenitsa. It happened so, and many event organizations and restaurants prefer combine these two days into one. I give you a few interesting special offers in St. Petersburg and some places which...
January 28th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

St. Petersburg In The Winter: Incredible Photos

St. Petersburg In The Winter: Incredible Photos
Place: The Yusuposvkiy garden, Sadovaya-street, 50. St. Petersburg is mostly visited in the summer, but it is also beautiful in these winter days. Coming here in the cold times makes sense also because of free museums. No long queues to the Hermitage, no overcrowded cafes and other museums. Cultural...
January 25th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

Rice: A Japanese-like restaurant in St. Petersburg

Rice: A Japanese-like restaurant in St. Petersburg
The Rice is a good restaurant with interior which cannot be described as gorgeous, beautiful, with a touch of a specially invited designer. It’s not for a romantic evening, but it’s for dinner or supper, when you want to to eat, not to have a long business conversation. Its interior is...
January 24th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

A Ferry Line St. Petersburg – Helsinki since April 2010

A Ferry Line St. Petersburg – Helsinki since April 2010
Today I have really great news for you, for everybody willing to visit St. Petersburg and then go to Finland or on the contrary. I got many questions concerning the best way to get to Finland from St. Petersburg, and as I wrote there are only on-land routes such as railway and autobus lines as well...
January 20th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

New Service For Switch Flights At Pulkovo Airport

New Service For Switch Flights At Pulkovo Airport
The only St. Petersburg airport Pulkovo which I posted about a few weeks before introduced a new service to make the life of transit passengers easier. Much easier. Look, till today a transit passenger arriving at Pulkovo and switching his flights here had to get his luggage back and then register...
January 19th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

Jewellery in St. Petersburg: The Best ExpoShow

Jewellery in St. Petersburg: The Best ExpoShow
Photo credit: www.expotop.ru JUNWEX is just the most gorgeous, glamorous, beautiful, vivid and bright exhibition in St. Petersburg. It  is a jewellery exhibition, so your mind will be overwhelmed by all this beauty contained in all pavilions of the Lenexpo complex. Why I stress this “all”...
January 18th, 2010 | Europe, St Petersburg | Read More

Welcome to Belle Epoque!

Welcome to Belle Epoque!
This exhibition is going to take you to the past, to the times of aristocracy, superb luxury  trains like Orient Express, first movies, first flights of planes, first autos, first radio waves. This is an epoch of 1895-1914, boom of culture, industry, science, the age ended by the WWI. The French call...
January 15th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

Beer Expo with Concerts and Billard

Beer Expo with Concerts and Billard
Photo credit: www.nz.net.ru St. Petersburg is a beer capital of Russia producing a lot of beer at large companies such as Heineken. But there are also many little, local breweries with its own technologies, sorts, territories of sales. You can meet many of them, big and little ones, at the expo “A...
January 14th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

Belly Dance Festival in St. Petersburg

Belly Dance Festival in St. Petersburg
Photo credit: www.oasis-festival.ru The Oasis Festival is dedicated to oriental dances held annualy. This event is of large scale which guarantees many stars and good organization. It’s usually visited by 3500 with 300+ participants from Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy and other ountries. The...
January 12th, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

What to Do in St. Petersburg January, 1-10

What to Do in St. Petersburg January, 1-10
Photo credit: www.infopiter.ru Why I’ writing about the period between  1st and 10th January, it’s because these ten days the Russians have their winter holidays.  It may be rather unusual for someone, but in Russia such long holidays have been taking place a few past years. Which doesn’t...
January 1st, 2010 | St Petersburg | Read More

St. Petersburg in 2009

St. Petersburg in 2009
While the world is celebrating the comimg of the New 2010 Year with St. Petersburg turning into a magical city covered heavily with snow, I’d like to write about some results achieved be the city’s officials this year. This portion of information is not of practical use for you, but it may...
December 31st, 2009 | St Petersburg | Read More

The Nose Listed As Best in Classics in 2009

The Nose Listed As Best in Classics in 2009
The Washington Post has released recently its annual list of the best and worst recordings in classic music in 2009. My congratulations to all listed and special ones to the Mariinsky theatre, which I mentioned a few times in my posts here. The label of this theatre was put in the list, which can be...
December 29th, 2009 | St Petersburg | Read More

World Ballet Stars in One Show

World Ballet Stars in One Show
Photo credit: www.bkz.sp.ru This event promises to be a beautiful gift for all ballet lovers. You can meet almost all great contemporary Russian ballet stars at one place at the same time. On December 29 at the concert hall Oktyabrskiy an event called “The New Year’s Extravaganza of the...
December 22nd, 2009 | St Petersburg | Read More