White wedding dresses and old traditions are left behind. Those who still believe that a bride must be like an angel, which has just come down from heaven, be ready to change your mind. Goths in Moscow will show you how to have a gorgeous
wedding and look really astonishing in quite usual settings. You won’t see any dark castles and candles in black iron candlesticks, still there is something which can make you drop your jaw and love Goths even more than before.
If you dreamed of chocolate city when you were a child, Kiev chocolate festival would be just for you. It was full of chocolate sculptures and fine pictures painted with sweet brown liquid. The fountain made all of chocolate was the
main item of the show attracting eyes and tongues of the public. Those, who couldn’t wait any longer, could ask for some hot chocolate in plastic cups. Attention! Don’t click for more if you are on a diet!
In good old times they had built houses differently. In Russia there was a construction standard of two and a half brick thickness for a wall of a residential house. This was done in order to insulate the people's dwellings from -30 frosts hitting Russia in winters. Later, when USSR collapsed, and they started free economics the standards were no longer followed by the most of the developers due to the high cost of the brick. It
is much cheaper to make a thin one brick wall and then cover it with some high-tech insulation materials that provide same heat conservation as three brick thick wall. It is even more cheaper to buy such materials from Chinese producers. Unfortunately, those are not always made according to industry standards. Insulation layers should be extremely fire proof. Unfortunately, not this time.
The crystal plant is the main and the greatest construction of Gus-Khrustalny, a small Russian town, which was granted its name for the fiver it is located on (Gus) and the crystal (khrustal’) industry. In the 19th century it was known all over the Russian Empire thanks to Ivan Maltsov, who brought in a lot of European innovations, including
making Bohemian glass. In war periods the plant was manufacturing various glass mass-produced items, like thermometers, flasks, thermoses and other consumer goods. Later its status of the main crystal plant was reclaimed. In our short but fascinating photo set you can see how the crystal things are made in modern times.
Have you ever been captivated by the miniatures in pieces of art? Some masterpieces seem to be pure perfection. This is especially sad to learn that Russia had riches but lost them in hard times for the country. There were so many perturbations in the history of Russia that it is hard to determine which one was the most devastating. But nobody will argue that Russian revolution of 1917 was the most ruining event, which
had a crucial effect upon the culture of Great Russian Empire. Many unique collections of valuable items which were cherished in the course of centuries by noble families just vanished from the country within several months. Their houses were nationalized by Bolsheviks, the palaces were ransacked. The Western market was oversaturated with antiques from revolutionary Russia at that time.