Photographer's Note

I have just visited Russia for the first time in my life. And like many who grew up during the Cold War I had preconceived ideas about the country and its people. Most of those luckily turned out to be wrong. The country is not grey, and the people are very helpful in spite of the language barrier. And of course a lot of things have changed and are still changing since the Soviet Union collapsed. But most people still have to struggle to make ends meet, and this lady selling her home-grown flowers and vegetables in front of the station in Pavlovsk is a typical example of modern Russian free enterprise.
Over the coming weeks I would like to share a few impressions from St. Petersburg and surroundings with you. Not as a travelogue, but as a series of photos that I feel give an impression of the greatness of Russia. And this babutschka is a good start.

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Additional Photos by Per Hoj (hojper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 558 W: 123 N: 863] (2832)
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