Yusupov’s Moika Palace Friday 18 September 2009

Yusupov’s Moika Palace Friday 18 September 2009

Here is the tour of Yusupov’s Moika Palace:

We entered the palace and walked into this round room with the white grand piano in it. After sitting down (most of us anyway), our tourguide gave the intro talk. This is a photo of almost all of us in the program. The only people not in it are the people sitting in seats number 2, 3, 4, starting from the left. The girls in those seats are the Russians who help us out in the program, and Nikolai, a french student here.

We entered the palace and walked into this round room with the white grand piano in it. After sitting down (most of us anyway), our tourguide, Alisa, gave the intro talk. This is a photo of almost all of us in the program. The only people not in it are the people sitting in seats number 2, 3, 4, starting from the left. The girls in those seats are the Russians who help us out in the program, and Nikolai, a french student here. So of course, after I finished pictures of this room I took my place at the piano (the only empty chair). But I was not allowed to touch the piano.

I was there too.

I was there too.

Next we went downstairs to see how the assassination of Rasputin took place. This man was one of few who shot Rasputin. Him, and Felix Yusupov set up poisoned wine for Rasputin but it didn't kill him. So later, Felix shot Rasputin twice in the back.

Next we went downstairs to see how the assassination of Rasputin took place. This man was one of few who shot Rasputin. Him, and Felix Yusupov set up poisoned wine for Rasputin but it didn’t kill him. So later, Felix shot Rasputin twice in the back.

The guy in the first photo and Felix Yusupov set up poisoned wine for Rasputin but it didn't kill him. So later, Felix shot Rasputin twice in the back.

The guy in the first photo and Felix Yusupov set up poisoned wine for Rasputin but it didn’t kill him. So later, Felix shot Rasputin twice in the back.

This is where Rasputin lay after he was shot by Felix. But he didn't die. Felix noticed this when he came back about an hour later for a coat. Rasputin lunged at him and Felix yelled. The other men came downstairs, shot Rasputin three more times, wrapped him in a rug, and threw him in the Neva River. The autopsy at the time said Rasputin died of drowning because water was found in his mouth and that his arms were above his head like he was trying to get out from underneath the ice. "New" studies say he was fatally killed by the third shot. I prefer the drowning, as he seems more legendary that way.

This is where Rasputin lay after he was shot by Felix. But he didn’t die. Felix noticed this when he came back about an hour later for a coat. Rasputin lunged at him and Felix yelled. The other men came downstairs, shot Rasputin three more times, wrapped him in a rug, and threw him in the Neva River. The autopsy at the time said Rasputin died of drowning because water was found in his mouth and that his arms were above his head like he was trying to get out from underneath the ice. “New” studies say he was fatally killed by the third shot. I prefer the drowning, as he seems more legendary that way.

On our way back up to see the rest of the palace.

On our way back up to see the rest of the palace.

The official staircase entrance to the palace. And the chandelier

The official staircase entrance to the palace. And the chandelier

From a different angle. The carvings in the ceiling are made of wood. How detailed is that? Wow. The statue directly to the back represents one of the continents. There's almost 2 in every corner and they represent each of the continents. North America was standing on somebody's head...dunno why we're pretty nice.

From a different angle. The carvings in the ceiling are made of wood. How detailed is that? Wow. The statue directly to the back represents one of the continents. There’s almost 2 in every corner and they represent each of the continents. North America was standing on somebody’s head…dunno why we’re pretty nice.

This was at the head of a feasting table. We need the table for Thanksgiving. But we would need a bigger room; it's huge. But this chair is pretty cool too, literally being a "head" chair.

This was at the head of a feasting table. We need the table for Thanksgiving. But we would need a bigger room; it’s huge. But this chair is pretty cool too, literally being a “head” chair.

Moving along, we entered a room with tapestries covering three walls. This is one of them.

Moving along, we entered a room with tapestries covering three walls. This is one of them.

These are the women's quarters. The bed is shorter than normal because they believed sleeping completely on your back was unhealthy. So they packed pillows underneath their heads and slept at a diagonal. Plus the hairstyles of the day were hard to make everyday, so women often left them in. And they wore these little vials over them to collect fleas and to ward off mice, which often lived in their head. GROSS. If any girl wears their hair like this today I stay away.

These are the women’s quarters. The bed is shorter than normal because they believed sleeping completely on your back was unhealthy. So they packed pillows underneath their heads and slept at a diagonal. Plus the hairstyles of the day were hard to make everyday, so women often left them in. And they wore these little vials over them to collect fleas and to ward off mice, which often lived in their head. GROSS. If any girl wears their hair like this today I stay away.

Pretty chandelier above the chairs.

Pretty chandelier above the chairs.

The first clock. There will be many of these as my mom and I are fond of clocks.

The first clock. There will be many of these as my mom and I are fond of clocks.

Next room...what'd I tell you? Clock #2.

Next room…what’d I tell you? Clock #2.

The ceiling in the above room was completely flat but the paintings on it made it look curved around the edges. Hope the effect is still visible. It's visible for me but could be a placebo.

The ceiling in the above room was completely flat but the paintings on it made it look curved around the edges. Hope the effect is still visible. It’s visible for me but could be a placebo.

Yes that is Jade. The entire fireplace. There does not exist a piece of jade in nature this big (as yet to be discovered) so they glued hundreds of pieces of jade together to create this fireplace.

Yes that is Malachite. The entire fireplace. There does not exist a piece of Malachite in nature this big (as yet to be discovered) so they glued hundreds of pieces of Malachite together to create this fireplace.

This is the mini ballroom that Lady Romanova would invite people into for socials. The chair in the center looked really comfortable when we were there; partly because we had walked a lot.

This is the mini ballroom that Lady Romanova would invite people into for socials. The chair in the center looked really comfortable when we were there; partly because we had walked a lot.

This quintet sang a Russian folk song for us in harmony. It was absolutely riveting. They were very, very good. Note the C. Bechstein white grand to the left. Nice pianos. Too bad it's white.

This quintet sang a Russian folk song for us in harmony. It was absolutely riveting. They were very, very good. Note the C. Bechstein white grand to the left. Nice pianos. Too bad it’s white.

Another favorite Tapestry.

Another favorite Tapestry.

A photo of a painting of some famous Russian on a horse. Enlighten me with its title and person if you know, because I forgot.

A photo of a painting of some famous Russian on a horse. Enlighten me with its title and person if you know, because I forgot.

Check out the harpsichord on the left, and the old piano on the right. To the left on the opposite wall of the these instruments stands an organ. The music room I guess.

Check out the harpsichord on the left, and the old piano on the right. To the left on the opposite wall of the these instruments stands an organ. The music room I guess.

Just a painting I liked. I know photos of paintings/photos/pictures/watercolors/etc are faux pa but it's a cool painting.

Just a painting I liked. I know photos of paintings/photos/pictures/watercolors/etc are faux pa but it’s a cool painting.

The Yusupov's Library. It seemed pretty legit and I was getting envious until I noticed that there wasn't a sliding ladder. Without that, no library can impress.

The Yusupov’s Library. It seemed pretty legit and I was getting envious until I noticed that there wasn’t a sliding ladder. Without that, no library can impress.

The Library Clock. Sorry for the bluriness.

The Library Clock. Sorry for the bluriness.

One detailed Painted Glass Window. I was awestruck.

One detailed Painted Glass Window. I was awestruck.

Especially by this one.

Especially by this one.

The Russians thought it would be exotic to put statues of Arab's near their swimming pool room. As we walked through these next two rooms Adeel, who can read Arabic, noticed that the writing said, "Allah, all powerful." We wondered if the Russians knew this.

The Russians thought it would be exotic to put statues of Arab’s near their swimming pool room. As we walked through these next two rooms Adeel, who can read Arabic, noticed that the writing said, “Allah, all powerful.” We wondered if the Russians knew this.

The original staircase here was exactly the same except it was made entirely of glass. The French made it and then shipped it to Russia. Apparently today it's too expensive to remake the staircase after it got destroyed in WWII or somewhen.

The original staircase here was exactly the same except it was made entirely of glass. The French made it and then shipped it to Russia. Apparently today it’s too expensive to remake the staircase after it got destroyed in WWII or somewhen.

Wardrobe in the male quarters. Unfortunately, the bed had been destroyed and so they just put a table in here.

Wardrobe in the male quarters. Unfortunately, the bed had been destroyed and so they just put a table in here.

Our tour of the Yusupov Palace ended. Here is a look down the Neva River. St. Isaac's is visible in the distance.

Our tour of the Yusupov Palace ended. Here is a look down the Neva River. St. Isaac’s is visible in the distance.

A metro station in St. Petersburg. The metro was smaller than Moscow's and the trains were shorter. But the cleanliness and decorations were just as fantastic. Plus it smelled better and the air seemed cleaner, fresher.

A metro station in St. Petersburg. The metro was smaller than Moscow’s and the trains were shorter. But the cleanliness and decorations were just as fantastic. Plus it smelled better and the air seemed cleaner, fresher.

That’s it for today. But after these credits I’m a pull a Hollywood and give you a preview of the next post:

Peterhof, the Russian Versailles. Borders the Gulf of Finland.

Peterhof, the Russian Versailles. Borders the Gulf of Finland.

Oh, just because I’m going to forget when I eventually post stuff for the current week: Have you all seen Kanye’s “I’mma let you finish…” speech where he interrupts Taylor Swift receiving her award at the MTV Music Video Awards? If not, go search it. Then understand that this has become an internet meme and is now the best line to use in any conversation. It even reached the ears of Obama, and Obama gave Kanye West a suitable name. We use the line practically in every conversation; it’s the best way to politely interrupt someone. Anyway, the one in last night’s conversation was top notch. In fact, it’s the best I’ve ever heard. So this is how it went:

Lenny and I are going off on the second statement in Sylow’s Theorem and are talking about orbits and stabilizers. I say something about the size of the orbit_N (giS) just as Adeel is walking by the door and he leans in just before I finish my sentence and says, “Yo, I’m real happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Pluto has one of the biggest orbits of all time!” Starting out slow, and speeding up towards the end matching Kanye’s pace through the whole thing. It was magic. Pure genius. Comedy at its finest.

Oh, more on topic, that first night in St. Petersburg we were at the hostel and went downstairs to take showers. We’re showering and Lenny says, “Caleb you’re a music major you should sing something.” So I bust out the American National Anthem. When I’m finished, feeling pretty good about the performance, I tell them they should sing something. Out of the blue, Adeel begins to sing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” In case you don’t know, this is another internet meme, called Rick Rolling. It’s basically the ultimate slap in the face on the internet, but a funny slap on the face. So Adeel rickrolled me. In the shower. Without a computer. The probability of that is so low its almost identically zero. Nevertheless, Adeel pulled it off. I don’t know how he does these things. The surprise alone caused all of us to laugh.

6 Responsesto “Yusupov’s Moika Palace Friday 18 September 2009”

  1. Papa says:

    We enjoyed your pictures and I noticed that your l;ast picture was at the palace that Peter the Great was having built he died before he had the chance to live in it. It was finished by his wife Katherine. Peter was approximatly 6’9″ fair size man for those years. It took a lot of wood to heat those places so you can see why the forrest have disappeared. if you do as well with music and math as you do with photography you will be tops in all the fields.
    love from Nana & Papa

  2. lebca says:

    Thanks for that info. I’m trying to do well in music and math here. Hopefully it pays off.

    Love ya, Caleb

  3. Jennifer says:

    Caleb,
    I’ve decided I love St. Petersburg by proxy. And that’s so freaking cool that Adeel can read Arabic (the language of God!)!

  4. LebCa says:

    St. Petersburg is definitely beautiful, and I think more lovable than Moscow. We laughed a lot when Adeel read that to us. About the language of God though…I’m gonna bust out some CS here: God is Spiritual (as defined in CS). The intersection of Spirituality and Materiality is the empty set. Since Arabic is material (only exists as communication through material means), as is every other language on earth, this implies Arabic and any other Earth language are not the language of God. QED

  5. Bernard Barnes says:

    Hi, I really enjoyed looking at your pictures, we were there two weeks before you but on our tour we were not allowed to take pictures, how come you were?
    Thanks for the memories.
    Bernie

  6. LebCa says:

    Sorry for the delay in response! This is the first time I’ve logged in since I returned. If I remember correctly, we were only allowed to take photos if we bought the photo pass for 200 rubles, which I did at almost every place we went to that had that option.

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