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Il Lago dei Cigni
Il Lago dei Cigni (Swan Lake) is an Italian restaurant under thepatronage of the famous gourmet chef Remo Mazzucato. Theluxurious interiors were designed by Hirsch Bedner Associ-ates and the sense of luxury is supported by a unique winelist, live music and Mediterranean hospitality.Close to the central city, the restaurant is located onKrestovsky Island (Severnaya doroga 21) in the middle of the Neva River delta giving guests a beautiful view whichis particularly attractive as the sun sets over the FinnishGulf. During the 19th century the island belonged to notable families, the first owner being the sister of Peter the Great,Natalya Alexeevna, who built the first building on the island inthe shape of the St. Andrews Cross and cut a cross-shapedpatch into the dense forest on the island - which led to theisland’s name. The island was used as a summer residence for noble families before becoming a popular park for prom-enading and sport in the 1860s.The restaurant itself sits on the very edge of Swan Lake (alsoknown as Northern Lake), giving visitors the opportunity towatch these magnificent birds throughout the year. Withspacious interiors, the opportunity for al fresco dining in thesummer and set in the peaceful environment of Krestovsky Island - Il Lago dei Cigni is the ideal location for a quiet getaway from the stress and bustle of the city. The restaurant will beopen from mid-October.
Mikhailovsky 180th Anniversary
In November 2013 the Mikhailovsky Theatre celebrates its180th anniversary and is promising a spectacular seasonof opera and ballet.The Mikhailovsky Theatre was designed by Alexandr Bri-ullov to carefully fit within the architectural ensemble of ArtsSquare. With a modest façade the interior set a striking contrast with the rich use of silver, velvet, mirrors, crystals,paintings and stucco mouldings. The theatre was opened on8 November 1833 and over time became synonymous withthe fine arts. The theatre was expanded in 1859 and becamean established part of the social life of St. Petersburg’s elite,with frequent visits from the imperial family.During the Soviet period the theatre was used for comic operaand saw the debut of such performances as The Nose andThe Queen of Spades. It came to be seen as a laboratory for Soviet opera and continued to work with contemporary composers throughout the Soviet period. It was the first theatre to perform Sergey Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Inmore recent years the theatre has performed Russian clas-sics such as Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin and Prince Igor.
Happy Unity Day
November 04 is Russia’s Day of Popular Unity. This nationalholiday is a new old holiday having been celebrated for the first time in 1649 and commemorates the victorious uprising in 1612 by Minin and Pozharsky which ejected the Polish forces from Moscow. Celebrated every year from 1612 up until 1917,the holiday was resurrected in 2005. It is viewed by most observers as a replacement holiday for the now-abolishedholiday of November 7 which commemorated the Revolution.Creating the confusion of how to you congratulate someoneon this holiday…Happy Unity Day!
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The latter days of fall are often cursed,But as for me, kind reader, she is preciousIn all her quiet beauty, mellow glow.Thus might a child, disfavored in its family,Draw my regard. To tell you honestly,Of all the times of year, I cherish her alone.She’s full of worth; and I, a humble lover,Have found in her peculiar charms.
Alexander Pushkin, 1833
Autumn, a season Alexander Pushkin loved most because of the physical and creative upsurge it always gave him. Pushkinrated it as the finest season to be in Russia. And I couldn’t agree more. Believe me, St. Petersburg is at its best during the cool, crisp days of autumn. There’s something romanticabout this time. Autumn is high blue skies, cool sunshine andchanging leaves. So congratulations, if you are holding thisguide it means you are at the right place at the right time.One of the best ways to spend a sunny October weekend isexploring one (or two!) of St. Petersburg’s imperial suburbs. Theseason changes so quickly it’s just wonderful to see the leaveschanging colour. Our sentimental readers may want to keep a few red/gold/yellow leaves a souvenir bookmarks in books anddiaries, while others prefer to just make piles of them to fall intoand take pictures. Ok, enough about leaves.The ones who are not so crazy about nature will find a lot of fun stuff to do in the city. The weather may be cooling down,but St. Petersburg’s cultural scene is just heating up. The city stages more compelling events and exhibitions now than at any other time of year. So, regardless of what you you like to dowe’ve got some great ways to see beautiful things when you’revisiting St. Petersburg. This guide will help you experience thebest of St. Petersburg this autumn, including the greatest theatrical performances, rock concerts, fashion weeks, jazz festivals and live music shows that you need to know about.
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