Russia
2011-06-17 Estonia Tallinn Tsar Paul, Catherine II's son, in Katorga Palace

2011-06-17 Estonia Tallinn Tsar Paul, Catherine II’s son, in Katorga Palace

2011-06-17 Estonia Tallinn Tsar Paul, Catherine II’s son, in Katorga Palace a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Catherine II had a son, Paul, supposedly by her husband Peter III, who died "accidentally" of suffocation when confronted by her lover Orlov at his palace. After her death he became Tsar Paul...
2011-06-17 Estonia Tallinn Catherine II in her masculine horsewoman aspect, in Katorga Palace

2011-06-17 Estonia Tallinn Catherine II in her masculine horsewoman aspect, in Katorga Palace

2011-06-17 Estonia Tallinn Catherine II in her masculine horsewoman aspect, in Katorga Palace a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Catherine II was German, originally Sophia de Anhalt-Serbst. When her husband Peter III accidentally died by suffocating from a curtain in his room in the presence of her lover, Orlov, she...
2011-06-17 Estonia Tallinn Sudkovsky Odessa  Pier 1885

2011-06-17 Estonia Tallinn Sudkovsky Odessa Pier 1885

2011-06-17 Estonia Tallinn Sudkovsky Odessa Pier 1885 a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Painting from Katorga Palace in Tallinn of the Odessa Pier in 1885 by Rufim Sudkovski. My Greek grandfather, Stelianos Stavrakis was born in Odessa a few years before this was painted.
2011-06-17 Estonia Tallinn Aleksey Bogolyubov Port of Tallinn 1853

2011-06-17 Estonia Tallinn Aleksey Bogolyubov Port of Tallinn 1853

2011-06-17 Estonia Tallinn Aleksey Bogolyubov Port of Tallinn 1853 a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Painting of Tallinn Port 1853 by Aleksei Bogoljubov 1824-1896 from Katorga Palace.
2009-09-17 Russia, St. Petersbur - Peterhof Palace, this is the house where  Catherine was staying when the Orlov brothers (one being her lover) came to announce that her husband was dead and she was Empress.

2009-09-17 Russia, St. Petersbur – Peterhof Palace, this is the house where Catherine was staying when the Orlov brothers (one being her lover) came to announce that her husband was dead and she was Empress.

2009-09-17 Russia, St. Petersbur – Peterhof Palace, this is the house where Catherine was staying when the Orlov brothers (one being her lover) came to announce that her husband was dead and she was Empress. a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Down by the bank of the Bay of Finland,...
2009-09-17, Russia, St. Petersburg - Peterhof Palace Chapel, Russian Orthodox

2009-09-17, Russia, St. Petersburg – Peterhof Palace Chapel, Russian Orthodox

2009-09-17, Russia, St. Petersburg – Peterhof Palace Chapel, Russian Orthodox a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Although the Russian Church survived to this day, after many years of persecution, this chapel at Peterhof was built long after the reign of Germans had begun. It was common for Tsars and/or their...
2009-09-17, Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

2009-09-17, Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

2009-09-17, Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter After the subdued Protestant nature of the lower Baltic cities St. Petersburg strikes us as a mix of oriental opulence dressed in European splendor. Everything in St. Petersburg appears marked by excess. The palaces are as richer, larger...
2009-09-17 Russia, St. Petersburg - a Triton Fighting a Sea Monster in a fountain. Odd that the Russians used Greco-Roman themes.

2009-09-17 Russia, St. Petersburg – a Triton Fighting a Sea Monster in a fountain. Odd that the Russians used Greco-Roman themes.

2009-09-17 Russia, St. Petersburg – a Triton Fighting a Sea Monster in a fountain. Odd that the Russians used Greco-Roman themes. a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter The Triton Fountain in the Orangery Garden in Peterhof exhibits a new line of art introduced after Peter into Russia. The conservative old...