Art, architecture, history, travel

Leningrad: History of the Great October Socialist Revolution part 23/27

Builders of the Leningrad. 1958

Builders of the Leningrad. 1958 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map of the Russian SFSR in the USSR

Map of the Russian SFSR in the USSR (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

two scissors for Left-hand and Right-hand. Cle...

two scissors for Left-hand and Right-hand. Clean up of previous image. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Russia (Photo credit: ccchan19)

7/23 Tuesday Leningrad

This morning we went to the museum for the history of the revolution. After the tour we saw a propaganda film on the siege of Leningrad. The film was in English with a few Russian subtitles. They kept talking about the fearsome, fascist forces and other things. It was so obviously propaganda it was funny. After lunch we went to the Hermitage, winter palace. The palace is just beautiful. I especially like the use of gold everywhere. Saw two paintings of da Vinci and other famous artists, including Raphael, (copies, original in Ufizzi). The Raphael collection was not very large. The throne room was fabulous, it’s hard to describe the splendor of the palace with sounding corny, but it is definitely the best on so far. The map of Russia is just beautiful. It was added after the revolution and is made of stone and precious and semi precious gems. The sea is lapis lazuli, the green (part of land) is malachite, the route to the North Pole (by the first Russian) is set in diamonds, and a Ruby represents the capital of each Soviet Republic. I made some very good trades outside the museum and finally got a package of those backwards Russian cigarettes. After dinner we went to the circus, on the bus I talked to two Russian in Russian (not at the same time) or at least the talked to me. One was nice but the way the second one kept smiling I think he was calling me names or something. The circus was fun and I made some more good trades. After the circus I went back to Todor’s and had a screwdriver made from Tang (with tap water) and Russian Vodka (I’m still living from the water and Vodka) at midnight I called Lisa; it was her birthday and she came up for awhile. I also called Ann.

7/24 Wednesday Leningrad

Went to the museum of Scientific Propaganda to see the technology of Russia, It was fun. Many of their newest products are already obsolete in the U. S. The thing that summed up Soviet progress the best was the leaky roof (HaHa). After the museum all, R. c. and I stopped to buy cakes for Lisa. She was really surprised at lunch. I didn’t notice in the store but the cake had a treble clef on it and Lisa is a musician. After lunch we went to the summer palace and I gave a tour on the way. We only saw the outside gardens but they were beautiful. I loved the gilt fountains. I saw some of the trick fountains, but would have liked to have seen more. I walked with Mr. Cordell for awhile. On the hydrofoil back I talked to Alla again. This time about my being left-handed. She had never heard of it, or seen anyone before. I’d noticed other people staring at me too. You’d think ion a commie country they’d want everyone on the left. accessed April 4 After dinner I went up to the party for one last time. 

Large Map of the former Soviet Union accessed 2012 April 4  A few years later I experienced a similar phenomenon is China while travelling with my two brother. All three of us are left handed. People would say, that’s great that you know how to eat with chopsticks, but who taught you to use your left hand.  Tomorrow on to London and our Last city


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