St. Petersburg, Russia Though a Cracked Perspective

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When we finished the Trans Siberian Railway in Vladivostok, our longtime goal, we flew nine hours back to Moscow, boarded another plane to fly an hour and a half to St. Petersburg. We wanted to see the Hermitage, so we woke up early the next morning and took an Uber to the visitor’s entrance to pick up our tickets.

While waiting for the opening time, watching the tour buses pull in with loads of people, my son noticed this.

Canon DLSR Filter
Broken Filter
Canon DLSR Filter
Broken Filter

Yes, I had clearly damaged my favorite camera. But where?

Ulan-Ude Temple
Ulan-Ude Temple

Days before, in Ulan-Ude, before the last leg of our train journey, we took a cab to find some Buddhist temples.

Ulan-Ude Temple
Ulan-Ude Temple

I have a Black Rapids sling for my camera which crosses my chest diagonally with the camera hanging on my right hip. Climbing those stairs I tripped, banging my camera off the concrete. It still functioned and took many photos.

Anyway, we stormed through the Hermitage and then spilled out into the courtyard.

Hermitage St Petersburg Russia
Hermitage
Hermitage St Petersburg Russia
Hermitage
Arka Glavnogo Shtaba
Arka Glavnogo Shtaba
Mobile Toilets in St Petersburg Russia
Mobile Toilets
Savior of the Spilled Blood Cathedral
Savior of the Spilled Blood Cathedral
Savior of the Spilled Blood Cathedral
Savior of the Spilled Blood Cathedral
Savior of the Spilled Blood Cathedral
Savior of the Spilled Blood Cathedral
Italian Bridge
Italian Bridge
Punk Rock Artist
Punk Rock Artist

I loved the Ramones fan!

St Petersburg

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
Feeding the pigeons
Feeding the pigeons
Coffee Stand in St Petersburg
Coffee stand
Hermitage St Petersburg Russia
Hermitage

St Petersburg

All of those photos were taken through my cracked filter protecting my beloved DLSR lens. The cracks are not detectable, yet they’re there. It’s a testament to a video I’ve seen on DigitalRev in which Kai uses a lens to hammer in some nails. He took great photos afterwards and, if I do say so myself, I took a few, too.

However, if the sun was in the proper angle, the cracks were evident.

Ah, well. There’s a bit of character to those shots.

We eventually headed back to the airport to fly to Moscow and I was excited to find this at a shop selling SKA St. Petersburg hockey gear.

Pavel Datsuyk
Pavel Datsyuk

Yes, that is none other than #13, the Magic Man, former Detroit Red Wing Pavel Datsyuk. I miss him and the sublime dangles with which he would mesmerize his opponents. The Wings never missed the playoffs with him elevating his team mates around him. Anyway, all good things come to an end. The Perfect Human has retired and been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Magic Man has returned to Russia. Great teams as well as great trips…

~ Freddy

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Freddy

I’m an engineer, a veteran, and an avid traveler. I agree with Robert Louis Stevenson – “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

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