Collected by Dakkoat
New York, NY, USA
Manhattan can, famously, feel like endless rows of apartment blocks and office towers for most of its length. At least above 14th Street, a regular grid of streets and avenues, bisected only by Broadway, has transformed the city into a dream for...
FDR Drive, New York, NY 10009, USA
Work days in the 'concrete jungle' are hectic. Long hours are spent indoors, sitting at desks. It's easy to forget that we live on an island. The East River Walk, beginning at 34th street and the FDR, is where I go to get away from the hustle and...
Chornobyl, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine
Last summer I took a trip to Kiev, Ukraine. We went to help run summer camps for children just outside of Chernobyl that have nothing. They live in villages that are declared safe to live in yet the government doesn't allow them to sell any of the...
Volodymyrska St, 24, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01001
At the Bell Tower of St Sophia's Cathedral, I could see St Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery on the other side. With glittering golden domes as far as the eyes can see, both the cathedral and monastery dominated the view in this Podil neighborhood...
Odesa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine, 65000
Designed by Swiss-Italian architect Francesco Boffo as a grand entryway to the city, this legendary staircase once led directly to the sea. The stairs were the site of a 1905 battle between mutinous sailors and forces loyal to Czar Nicholas II;...
Uspenskaya 24, Odesa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine, 65000
Built in 1895, this elaborate synagogue was seized by the Communists in 1930 and severely damaged during World War II. In 1991 it was returned to the local Jewish community. Members of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement renovated the structure in 1996,...
Triokhsviatytelska St, 8, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000
I spent some time in Kyiv (Kiev), the lovely capital of Ukraine. This is the St. Michael's Monastery, named for and dedicated to the Archangel Michael. It was built between 1108 and 1113. Around 1934, Soviet authorities declared the monastery as...
Griboyedov channel embankment, 2Б, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
Late summer is the time to explore the 42 islands that make up St. Petersburg. Daylight stretches past 11 p.m., and a burgeoning arts and nightlife scene keeps locals on their toes well into the bright nights. On July 31, the party hits the port...
Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
We visited the Hermitage Museum on Monday (the day it's closed to the public) and were able to witness art students painting some of the museum's most famous works. If you go, definitely try to arrange a private tour. On a typical day, 10,000...
Siberian Federal District, Russia
Traveling across Russia solo in 2009 I took the Trans-Siberian railway--riding the same rails taken by exiled Russians for years--from Vladivostok to Lake Baikal. I hadn't spoken English for weeks, and it was blisteringly hot in the 3rd class...
Moscow, Russia, 103073
The Kremlin, an old Moscow standby, is an old, old fortress. Within it's walls, I was surprised to find among its communist, star-studded, structures, the old monastery and churches where the Orthodoxy and tsars walked. Sunlight lit up these...
Red Square, Moskva, Russia, 109012
On Red Square, you can see the black pyramid with the word: ЛЕНИН . This is Lenin’s mausoleum, and simply for the experience, you can go check out his preserved body in a glass case inside the pyramid. Per legend, Lenin’s body didn’t begin to...
Prospekt Mira, 111, Moskva, Russia, 129223
Located in the park with the scale model of the solar system and tucked underneath the giant monument to space exploration, there is this museum. It is an information and collection-dense museum. Among the many exhibitions of the museum, there are...
Ulitsa Obraztsova, 11, стр.1, лит. А, Moskva, Russia, 127055
This is one of the most-recommended museums in Moscow. It opened in 2012 and is the most technologically advanced and modern museum I have ever been to. There is a 4D movie about the creation story and every exhibition feels somewhat like a theme...
Palace Embankment, 32, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Built in the mid-18th century by Peter the Great's daughter Empress Elizabeth, the Winter Palace was the principal residence of Russia's czars. It has also been the home of the Hermitage collection since 1764. From an initial purchase by Catherine...
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