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Smolny Cathedral Dome Interior

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Smolny Cathedral interior looking straight up (Saint Petersburg, Russia) August 2019

This is my only decent photo of the Smolny Cathedral interior. There are two reasons for this. One is that construction was going on, and the other is the hoards of tourists.

That was one of the nicest things about traveling in 2021–the lack of crowds. I probably entered 20+ churches this summer, and I don’t remember ever seeing more than one or two other people in those churches at the same time.

Van Gogh in Russia

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Vincent van Gogh’s “The Sea at Saintes-Maries” in St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum (Russia – July 2019)

Russian Navy Day

2019 Day of the Russian Navy

Today’s photo comes from last year’s Navy Day in St. Petersburg, Russia. I was less than a hundred yards from Putin, but I couldn’t see him because of the massive crowd.

Church of the Savior on Blood

Church of the Savior on Blood

Bombs away

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Ilyushin Il-38

In a perfect world, or just a normal one, I’d be on a plane headed for Denmark right now. Not this plane, obviously, but a plane nonetheless.

Today’s photo comes from the Day of the Russian Navy, which happened while I was in Saint Petersburg last summer.

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Day of the Russian Navy