We went to the Saint-Petersburg Theatre of Musical Comedy to see Baroness Lili

 

Why, yes, I am a saucy Mer-Man with Fabulous Hair and Posing Style.

 

Odd flying, floating, fat babies on the handrails.

 

Such a lovely theater!

 

 

Remembering the good times Baku Style:  Stout interspersed with double Vodka at 2 am.

 

 

 

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The day of all things Russian started with stumbling upon…

  

…a zombie (or other monster) bust, and a little man sporting wild facial hair perched on the walls of a kafeBar

 

…where we ate bread sticks (crumbs) the staple of barKafes while sipping tea and waiting for the…

Russian Vodka Museum!

More wild facial hair greeted us…

Making us wonder:  is untamed facial hair and a heaving bosom a requirement of being involved in Vodka’s history?

 

Leaving questions of facial hair and bosoms to long que’s at the post, we stumbled upon a room of delights! 200 varieties of Vodka!

 

When in Russia, do as the Russians!  3 different shots: Regular, Ginseng/Honey, Extra fine.  3 different chasers: a pickle, toast with herrings, toast with horseradish/lard.

 

2 down, 1 to go!  My favorite was the Gingsing/Honey.

 

I had a moment of silence for the no-longer existing ‘Vodka Dispensing  Machine’.

 

Not having gotten enough of Russian culture, the next destination was obvious: Church of the Spilled Blood.

 

The столовая next door for cabbage, baked cauliflower and сок.

 

Next, due to a serendipitous error on my part, we ended up at the gala celebration of an opera compitition at the Philharmonic-and sitting in the very front row.

After all the gum flapping, the singers got down to business and we heard 8 different artists sing 8 different opera pieces.

Appendage Sale. Mix ‘n Match for your own special look.

Table of the dictators.  Errr, presidents.

Wait.  Thats not chocolate?

And thats what we think of you Mr. Lenin.

 

Going in for the treasure!

Wolf Man wins the “Worst Dog Breath” contest.

Dictator Dan?

 

 

Being an egomaniac requires wicked posing skills.

With great age comes great facial hair.

Mikhailivsky Theater.

Men in tights, Faux Leaping Swans: High culture or Comedy?  Swan Lake

Russian Bridges Falling Up!

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