Saturday, September 08, 2012

An Aside

This really happened.  I was reminded of it last night after catching up on 'Breaking Bad.'  Believe it or not it is one of the top rated shows in Russia.  When some Russians found that some of us on the tour were from Albuquerque they all said they wanted to visit our city because of that TV show.  Really!  So, Governor Martinez, there is one more indication that our film industry is important.

Some one asks if St. Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, was heavily damaged during WWII.  In fact, only one in three buildings survived.  A massive rebuilding and restoration of the city was undertaken immediately and even under Stalin it was thought to be important to restore its grand palaces and buildings.  Things went down hill and the 80's and 90's, but now there seems to be a scaffold in front of every building as it undergoes renovation.

Read the book "900 Days" about the horrendous siege of the city.

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