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Repino - the amazing summer place not far from St. Petersburg

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An October 2004 trip to St. Petersburg by Ksu

"The staircase of Sheherezada", Repino Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia More Photos
Quote: Ilya Repin (1844-1930) "was and is Russia’s foremost national artist", and we go to his summer-house, that is called "dacha" in Russian

Repino - the amazing summer place not far from St. Petersburg

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Overview

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Interestingly enough, it was on a visit to a nineteenth century country-house ("Penates") that I first made the acquaintance of Ilya Repin. There, in its drawing-room, with the portraits of well-known ladies and gentlemen staring down at me from the wooden walls and the tall windows open onto streches of parkland hazy in the light of a fine August evening; my mother opened the memoirs of Lydia Tchukovskaya and began to read them aloud to me. She went on with them during the days that followed. Growing older I’ve learnt to recognize Repin’s limitations and occasional weaknesses; but I delight in them just as much as ever, perhaps even more. From the first I found them irresistibly amusing, now I’ve co...Read More

Hotel Moscow

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Hotel Moscow Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Location, location, and once again location! It just can't be better. It is enough to spend only a day in "Penates" and in the evening be back to St. Petersburg, where I stayed in Hotel Moscow. I was surprised to see tourists in droves from all over the world there and especially lots of children of different ages; I thought that was a good sign - so amazingly popular. Moreover, the hotel rooms have been recently renovated and featured modern furniture (double beds are only available in suites), TVs with local and satellite channels, phones, small refrigerators with mini-bars and coffee tables with two chairs. It’s a perfect place to stay for the travellers who want to see as much as possible o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 8, 2002

Hotel Moscow
Alexander Nevsky sq., 2, St.
St. Petersburg 193317
+7 (812) 274 2052

West Pit-Stop

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Restaurant | "Cafe-club West Pit-Stop "

West Pit-Stop Photo, Peterhof, Russia
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There are no cafes or restaurants near Repino, so come back to St. Petersburg. The Café-club West Pit-Stop was found quite accidentally, when I was going to the Russian Museum from the small shop with souvenirs at the corner of Sadovaya Street. This place is devoted to the Formula1 races, the walls of the restaurant are covered in the photos of the drivers, who are famous all over the world. That’s why I was really surprised by the fact that the cuisine (good and not expensive!)is based on diffirent culinary traditions. But, I advise you to try the Russian one. The restaurant has excellent 3-course meals for very reasonable prices. The best cold snack is the salad "Nevskoye Ring" (with prawns, ba...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

West Pit-Stop
Sadovaya Str.,12
St. Petersburg, Russia
(812) 314 9334

Manege - central showroom Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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The first visit to Manege of Petersburg really impressed me, I have never been to a such odd exhibition of installation and performance held together.

The nearest metro stations are Sadovaya/Sennaya pl., or Nevsky prospect.

Before your visit please check out Manege St. Petersburg

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Manege - central showroom
Isaac's square 1
St. Petersburg, Russia
7(812) 314 8859

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I’d like to tell you about the history of this place. In 1900, during a trip to Paris (it was Repin's 5th time in Europe; the first one was after his graduation from the Academy, when he won the Gold Medal and a six-year scholarship, which allowed him to travel abroad nearly three years), Repin met Natalya Borisovna Nordman (she was the "love of his life"), and then moved to her country estate "Penates" in Kuokkala (at that time this territory belonged to Finland). Natalya Borisovna and Ilya Efimovich Repin together organized the famous Wednesdays at the "Penates," which attracted the elite of Russia of those days. It was a bohemian place frequented by artists, musicians, and actors: A. Kuprin and V. ...Read More