May/June 2003

Features in this Issue

Beet Top & The Marsh Mushroom

There will always be a rivalry between Russia's "two capitals"--Moscow and St. Petersburg. Since it is St. Petersburg's birthday, we give the floor to a noted journalist from the "Venice of the North," that he might share his thoughts on what sets the two cities apart.

21 Slices of St. Petersburg Life

Thousands upon thousands of pages have been written about Piter during its three centuries of life on the Neva. But what does it take to understand this strange city like a native? These 20 "signs of life" offer a tiny part of the answer.

Russia's Disneyland: Oranienbaum

Many palaces and estates can be found in and around St. Petersburg. Yet few have been as little disturbed by regime change as Oranienbaum. Oh, and then there is the roller coaster.

Eat Like a Prole

The Birthplace of the Revolution is striving to once again become a part of Europe. But some legacies of the Soviet era just do not want to wither away. Like these distinctly proletarian eateries.

Hidden St. Petersburg

Throw away your guidebooks and load up your knapsack. Our off-the-beaten track tour of St. Petersburg begins now.

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