When I first posted photos of Russia's Saint Petersburg (at one time called Leningrad) I received a comment saying "At least there aren't skyscrapers everywhere" and it's true, they aren't everywhere, but that doesn't mean there are none. During the Soviet era, many unattractive high-rise apartment and office buildings were erected in Russian cities, and most of them are still in use today. Since then, many more high-rise buildings have been erected, many of them much more attractively designed but, of course, not all of them are lovely, either—for instance, the one behind the gold dome below, right. I don't know if it is pre- or post-Perestroika.
|© Photos by Richard Schear|
and Kay Davies
Russia is, of course, very much an industrial country, although 21st century St. Petersburg hides its industry in much more attractive buildings than the old red brick factories we saw crumbling by the side of the road as we travelled back to the ship from our excursions. There are even single-family dwellings in the photo below, and the housing complex on the other side of the river, while perhaps monotonous, is no worse than many housing complexes elsewhere.
However, you might well wonder what you see in the next photo. If we hadn't had our well-informed guide, Galina, explaining it to us, we would have been very puzzled. What are those boxy things below the highway overpass? Well, if you were a car-owner living in an apartment in Soviet Russia, you were entitled to a garage. Yes, looking like storage sheds (and what else is a garage but a shed for a vehicle?) these were the places where ordinary people kept their cars. Certainly inconvenient for most of them in terms of getting to work, they were nevertheless there for family outings on weekends or other days off.
Now, the Soviet era is 20 years past, and the people of Russia know full well how the other half lives, so they can have their cake, and eat...
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