Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

A trip that a man from Holland made to Leningrad in the winter of 1969. Interestingly enough, besides the usual photographs he also shares his feelings and comments about the things he saw. Sort of a real travel blog from back in 1969.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

“This is a line for the kiosk near Moika river. The channel looks like one in Amsterdam”

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Behind the nice fronts there are dull court yards of the residential houses.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

“A Christmas tree sale”

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

This Christmas tree is being stored outdoors. Christmas is celebrated in January according to  the Orthodox Calendar.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

“The Nevsky Prospekt (Avenue) – main street of Leningrad. One evening we went to the restaurant in the cellar of one of those buildings. The waiters ignored us for one hour. So we left after long waiting not even eaten anything”

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Nevsky Prospekt. Big mall “Passage”, where not many things are for sale. And those rare things that are offered for sale are spread across different sections.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Nevsky Prospekt. Underground road crossing. An ice cream was for sale at -25 outside, right from the cardboard box. You could eat it, if it was not that freezing cold outside.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Street shoe polisher.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Shoe repairs.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Only limited amount of people can take a look at shoes and choose, the rest of the people wait behind the barrier. The evil boss of the place prepares to prevent me from taking photos.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Line in the grocery store.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Newspapers are being read everywhere, even here in the park.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

In the “Beryoska” store where you can pay only with foreign currency I bought a fur hat of “Rot-Front” brand name, Leningrad.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

This is my receipt from the Beryoska store.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Gas station.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

The color of the trolleybuses is like in Groningen – red with cream color.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Zhelyabova street.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

A war memorial on the ex-front line near the Leningrad.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

There is practically nothing outside the city.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Something like summer houses.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

A wooden house near Leningrad.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Tsarskoye Selo, now called Pushkino.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Holland “Boat houses”.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

A palace in Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar Village)

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

A palace in Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar Village)

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Some utility buildings in Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar Village)

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

School children skating

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Suburbs of Leningrad

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Suburbs built in 1950-1955 – Moskovsky Prospekt.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Monument of Nicholas I on the horse.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

In the Summer Garden.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Russian Museum.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

St. Nicholas cathedral. They have baptism and funeral ceremonies here. All the church is full of old ladies. I pass my note behind the backs to the priest. He reads the prayers form the notes.

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Part of my group were old communists who wanted to see “saint places” with their own eyes. But young people were amused too.

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Ex-Smolny Monastery.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Kirovsky theater, it was rebuilt. We are going to opera here today.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Metro. This subway is as deep as 100 m deep and there are swamps above it.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Opera in Kirovsky Theater.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

An intermission and theater’s Winters Garden.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

An intermission and theater’s Winters Garden.

Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969

Opera artists come for a final bow.

Hope you liked this story he had.

2 thoughts on “Travel Blog of Holland Man to Winter Leningrad in Year 1969”

  1. The good old times… (not so good, but I’m nostalgic… food lines, empty shelves in stores, gray days and surroundings) eh…

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