‘UFO triangle’ in California is alien hotspot, believers claim
FRESNO, Calif. – On July 8, 1947, a crash in Roswell, N.M. described by local papers as a “flying saucer” lit a fire in America: UFO fever. And today, just over 65 years later, some Central Californians believe the region remains a UFO hotspot, the bottom leg of a “UFO triangle” as mysterious as Bermuda’s.
Jeffrey Gonzalez is one of such, the founder of Sanger Paranormal Society and a UFO chaser for the past four years. He even runs a 24-hour UFO hotline: people call and he investigates claims of UFO sightings.
“No, I’m not crazy. It’s an obsession, it’s a hobby,” Gonzalez told FoxNews.com.
He works as a phone company technician during the day and solves mysteries of the unknown during his time off. He says his background in electronics helps him use the tools to investigate the paranormal.
“I go out to the location to where these events happen, I’ll talk to the witnesses I will take reference points and I will make sure it’s real,” he said.
Gonzalez drives a research vehicle or “Paranormal Ambulance” equipped with the requisite gear necessary to investigate UFOs: a Geiger counter, an EMF scanner, infrared cameras, and of course, a Sony HandyCam camcorder with night vision.
“If a witness reports a sighting more than one time or says something crashed then we’ll go out and stake out the area in case the craft comes back. Because if it does come back then we’ll be ready,” he told FoxNews.com.
The Geiger counter tests for radiation and the electromagnetic frequency (EMF) reader monitors different types of energy. Infrared cameras are very helpful during stakeouts, he said; they can see up to 300 feet in pure darkness.
“We’ll usually park outside from about 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the morning,” he said.
Gonzalez is part of a new National Geographic series called Chasing UFOs. A recent survey conducted by National Geographic finds that 80 million Americans believe in UFOs.
“I have witnesses calling me — law enforcement, doctors, lawyers, and military personnel that have pictures that they have captured over Fresno,” Gonzalez said.
Fresno lies at the bottom of the “Nevada Triangle” a region that includes Area-51 and China Lake. Gonzalez says this area is similar to the Bermuda Triangle where many planes have disappeared without a trace over the last 50 years.
“There’s a lot of military presence and there could possible be a lot of top secret military craft flying over our skies,” Gonzalez said.
According to the non-profit National UFO Reporting Center there are roughly 5,000 UFO sightings reported each year. Gonzalez has people throughout the city of Fresno who serve as sky watchers. These people sit outside for hours watching the sky for anything out of the ordinary.
Sky watcher Robert Thorson saw his first UFO 25 years ago, and today he loves watching for UFOs from his roof where he captures video on his camera.
“I’ve got the best footage. I got the close and the best footage. All hours of the night and day I’m out here watching,” Thorson told FoxNews.com.
Are you a believer, or still just a skeptic? Start being more observant and perhaps you might see something unusual, they explained.
“It’s turned out to be more than a hobby now it’s a passion of mine to find out what are these things flying over Fresno. Are they military or are they something else? And I think I’m getting pretty darn close,” Gonzalez said.
Orienteering at Alley Pond Park : NYC Parks
Looking to take on your next nature challenge? Check out our new orienteering course at Alley Pond Park! Explore winding paths that lead through towering forests, tranquil ponds, and scenic spots that offer the splendor of nature, fresh air, and a chance to meet wildlife in our city.
If you’re new to orienteering, check out our Orienteering at Parks page to learn more about this incredible map sport.
Stay safe: please remember to wear a face mask, practice social distancing, avoid poison ivy, and stay safe from tick bites.
Navigating Alley Pond Park’s Orienteering Courses
To complete a course, you’ll need to find all the locations, called control points (or controls), on the map in numerical order (1, 2, 3, 4…) from start to finish.
On this page, you may download a course map with controls, their sequence numbers, codes, and descriptions.
1. Pick one of the Alley Pond Park Orienteering Course Maps
There are five orienteering courses/maps for Alley Pond Park based on skill level: Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, and Intermediate 3. You may also design your own course by choosing any combination of control points in the Map with All Control Points.
Download and print the map of your choice:
Click to download and print orienteering maps
2. Head to the Start Point
On the map, you will find a pink triangle – the start point. If the start point is the same as the finish point – as in our case – then the start/finish point is marked by a circled triangle. At Alley Pond Park, the start point is the bulletin board at the Adventure Course parking lot.
3. Find Control Points
From the start point, go to each of the controls on the course in numerical order. Controls are circled and numbered on the map. The control with number 1 on the map is the first to find, and so on. A control point on the terrain (meaning in the park) is indicated by an orange and white marker.
Each marker has an identification code (or simply “code”). In the case of Alley Pond Park’s permanent course, the controls are coded by numbers ranging from 1 to 55. These codes are displayed in the top-left corner of the actual orange and white markers on the terrain (in the park).
To better locate the controls and verify that you found the correct control point, use the “Control Description” on the map. ” The ” Control Description” includes the controls’ codes (displayed in the top-left corner of the actual control marker on the terrain), which side of the feature the control marker is located on, the size of the feature, which of the similar features within the pink circle the control is located on, and other additional information about the feature.
If you find a control point marker on the terrain and compare its code with the ones printed in the “Control Description” on the map, you will know whether or not you’ve found the correct one. Keep in mind – on the terrain, there are control point markers that may not belong to your course.
4. Verify Proof of Arrival
In the bottom-left corner of each control marker on the terrain, you will find the verification letters – a combination of one or two random capital letters. To prove you have found the correct controls, write the controls’ verification letters in the corresponding numbered boxes on your map.
Upon completing the course, you may access the Master Code Sheet – the complete list of control codes and corresponding verification letters. If the verification letters in the boxes on your map match the ones on the Master Code Sheet, it will prove that you found all the correct controls.
How to Use Orienteering Maps
On the map, there are various colors, lines, and shapes that describe the terrain, and if you are using the Map with All Control Points, control points are described by various icons (instead of text descriptions) that describe the features at a control point and where to look for them.
Download the Legend and Icon Sheet to use while navigating the course
Although not necessary, you may use a compass as a navigational tool to correctly rotate (or orient) your map and to ensure you’re heading in the right direction. Our map is oriented to Magnetic North and also includes a series of parallel blue lines.
Legend and Icon Sheet
Glossary of Orienteering Terms
- Control points or controls – a series of locations marked on the course map with a pink circle and number
- On the terrain – physically in the park
- Identification code – one- or two-digit code in top-left of control point marker used to verify it is the control point you’re looking for
- Verification letter(s) – one- or two-letter code in bottom-left of control point marker used to verify proof of arrival
Orienteering Techniques and Best Practices
Use the following techniques to improve your navigation skills and map-reading performance:
Map Folding – Orienteering maps are usually too bulky to comfortably carry in one hand while running through the woods, so you should fold your map down to a size that easily fits in your hand. Seasoned runners recommend always keeping your map folded in such a way that both your current location and your next destination are visible.
Thumbing – Instead of a GPS, use your thumb of your map-holding hand to mark your location on the map. As you run through a course, adjust the position of the thumb so that it is always pointing to your current position on the map.
Orienting the Map – Rotate the map until the symbols/lines on the map are aligned with the corresponding objects/linear features of the terrain. Alternatively, rotate the map until the arrows on the map point in the same direction as the northern end of a compass’ needle. As you move through the course and change your direction, do not rotate the map relative to the terrain, but rather “rotate” yourself around the map, so what is ahead of you on the terrain is also ahead of you on the map.
Using “Handrails” – Although the shortest route between two points is a straight line, it is usually not the best route. Instead, look for features like trails, paved paths or roads, fences, or edges of the forest that you can follow toward your destination. You may end up following several handrails en route to your destination.
Using “Attack Points” – Find on the map an easily recognizable feature (trail crossing, path junction, large boulder etc.) located just prior to your control point. Navigate to that feature and when you reach it, proceed slowly to the actual control point (or control).
Collecting Features – Look for features along the route that you can use to check off your progress toward the control point.
Catching Features – Look for a feature that will let you know that you have gone past your destination. This might be for example a trail intersection just past your control site.
Additional Orienteering Opportunities
There are orienteering clubs in many countries. Locally, there are three clubs that hold events on many weekends throughout the year.
This map and course were designed by Orienteering Unlimited.
Significant Changes Coming to Prather’s Alley! – Mount Vernon Triangle CID
One of Mount Vernon Triangle’s most active multimodal passageways is set to undergo transformation to become a nexus of connectivity for our MVT community. Centrally located in the heart of Mount Vernon Triangle, Prather’s Alley – located near the intersection of 4½ Street NW & Prather’s Court NW – will undergo changes to enhance its vibrancy, safety and accessibility.
With support from our partners at EL Studio and UrbanSEED, MVT CID was awarded a grant from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) for the design of safety infrastructure improvements for Prather’s Alley to include signage, lighting and traffic calming components. Current plans are for artistic and storytelling components to also be included. Community engagement is a significant component of this process, so please stay tuned for information on how you can participate. Project funding was awarded by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration through its Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
In addition to the work that will be completed through this TAP grant, further improvements planned for the alley include:
- Two traffic mirrors are being installed at the intersection of 4½ Street NW & Prather’s Court NW to mitigate the safety threats of thru traffic. MVT CID thanks the owners of 450K Apartments and 455 Eye Apartments for their support of this safety effort.
- Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6E has approved (and conveyed to DDOT) our request to convert the alley to a one-way street with vehicles heading south on 4½ Street NW. DDOT’s review and analysis of this request is currently underway.
Prather’s Alley is an integral and historically significant part of our Mount Vernon Triangle community, and this project will focus on maintaining its purpose, elevating its visual appeal, and protecting the safety of pedestrians by integrating proactive design controls. What’s more, the project enhances Mount Vernon Triangle’s sustainable growth and destination appeal as a community where both vehicles and non-motorists can safely travel through – and to – our community.
There’s a Small Tornado Alley Right Here in the Carolinas
When you think of tornadoes, you may think of places like Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska over the Carolinas. Sure, the central Plains is one of the most active areas for tornadoes in the entire world. Many refer to that region of the country as “Tornado Alley.”
However, research has shown that there is more than one “Tornado Alley” in the United States, and one of them is located right here in North Carolina.
What You Need To Know
- A study has found an area in the southeastern U.S. known as “Dixie Alley” has a higher frequency of strong tornadoes than the region of the country typically known as “Tornado Alley”
- The same study found the fourth most active area for tornadoes in the country is in the Carolinas
- A more recent study has shown the number of days favorable for tornadoes has been increasing over the last four decades in the southeastern U. S.
Several years ago, researchers at the University of Akron analyzed tornado data across the country.
They found an area from northern Louisiana to parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee that has a higher frequency of strong tornadoes (EF3 to EF5 tornadoes) than Tornado Alley. They denoted this region as “Dixie Alley.”
The research found that the third most active area of the country for tornadoes is “Hoosier Alley,” a region around Indiana that also includes parts of Illinois and Kentucky.
The fourth most active area in the United States for tornadoes is here in “Carolina Alley,” which runs from northeastern South Carolina through areas around the I-95 corridor in North Carolina.
The largest tornado outbreak in North Carolina history occurred almost ten years ago on April 16, 2011, across much of “Carolina Alley.” Thirty tornadoes were reported that day in the state, leading to 24 deaths and around 300 injuries.
Prior to 2011, the largest tornado outbreak in the state occurred in a similar area. The Carolinas Outbreak of March 28, 1984, spanned South and North Carolina. Twenty-two tornadoes were reported across both states that day.
Unfortunately, that resulted in 57 deaths and over 1,200 injuries.
These Tornado Alleys are Changing
More recent research shows the number of days favorable for tornadoes has decreased over the last several decades for some parts of the central United States in and near the area traditionally known as “Tornado Alley.”
During that same time that severe weather ramps up, the number of days favorable for tornadoes has increased in portions of the southeastern United States. That is especially the case for “Dixie Alley.”
An uptick in the number of these favorable tornado days has also occurred in eastern North Carolina over the last four decades.
Complete List of Films in The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol.
One – Flicker Alley
1. THE CURTAIN POLE — American Biograph (10:02), February 15, 1909
2. THE MANICURE LADY – American Biograph (11:22), May 18, 1911
3. A DASH THROUGH THE CLOUDS – American Biograph (10:16), June 24, 1912
4. THE WATER NYMPH – Keystone (8:20), September 23, 1912
5. A GROCERY CLERK’S ROMANCE – Keystone (7:38), October 28, 1912
6. ON HIS WEDDING DAY – Keystone (6:16), March 31, 1913
7. BANGVILLE POLICE – Keystone (6:27), April 24, 1913
8. A FISHY AFFAIR – Keystone (7:10), April 24, 1913
9. THE SPEED KINGS – Keystone (8:33), October 30, 1913
10. A THIEF CATCHER – Keystone (8:02), February 19, 1914
11. THE GREAT TOE MYSTERY – Keystone (10:51), July 25, 1914
12. RECREATION – Keystone (5:24), August 13, 1914
13. SHOT IN THE EXCITEMENT – Keystone (11:49), October 26, 1914
14. THE NOISE OF BOMBS – Keystone (11:33), November 19, 1914
15. AMBROSE’S FIRST FALSEHOOD – Keystone (11:14), December 12, 1914
16. A BIRD’S A BIRD – Keystone (12:40), February 8, 1915
17. GUSSLE’S DAY OF REST – Keystone (21:47), March 29, 1915
18. DO-RE-MI-BOOM! – Keystone (11:40), April 15, 1915
19. A LOVER’S LOST CONTROL – Keystone (22:20), August 2, 1915
20. A SUBMARINE PIRATE – Triangle Keystone (24:23), December 26, 1915
21. FATTY AND MABEL ADRIFT – Triangle Keystone (30:38), January 9, 1916
22. HIS BITTER PILL – Triangle Keystone (19:35), April 30, 1916
23. MADCAP AMBROSE – Triangle Keystone (21:44), July 16, 1916
24. TEDDY AT THE THROTTLE – Triangle Keystone (26:36), April 15, 1917
25. HER TORPEDOED LOVE – Triangle Keystone (21:08), May 13, 1917
26. A CLEVER DUMMY – Triangle Keystone (19:23), July 15, 1917
27. HEARTS AND FLOWERS – Mack Sennett Comedies (21:18), June 22, 1919
28. DOWN ON THE FARM – Mack Sennett Comedies (52:02), April 25, 1920
29. DON’T WEAKEN – Mack Sennett Comedies (21:27), September 5, 1920
30. GYMNASIUM JIM – Mack Sennett Comedies (19:19), May 9, 1922
31. THE EXTRA GIRL – Mack Sennett Comedies (1:12:44), October 28, 1923
32. THE DARE-DEVIL – Mack Sennett Comedies (19:56), November 25, 1923
33. BLACK OXFORDS – Mack Sennett Comedies (19:32), May 18, 1924
34. GALLOPING BUNGALOWS – Mack Sennett Comedies (19:18), November 2, 1924
35. HIS MARRIAGE WOW – Mack Sennett Comedies (21:17), March 1, 1925
36. SUPER-HOOPER-DYNE LIZZIES – Mack Sennett Comedies (17:47), June 14, 1925
37. A RAINY KNIGHT – Mack Sennett Comedies (19:55), September 20, 1925
38. SATURDAY AFTERNOON – Mack Sennett Comedies (27:00), January 31, 1926
39. A SEA DOG’S TALE – Mack Sennett Comedies (11:15), July 11, 1926
40. HOBOKEN TO HOLLYWOOD – Mack Sennett Comedies (20:22), September 5, 1926
41. ICE COLD COCOS – Mack Sennett Comedies (18:34), June 20, 1926
42. BROKE IN CHINA – Mack Sennett Comedies (20:21), April 24, 1927
43. THE PRIDE OF PIKEVILLE – Mack Sennett Comedies (20:21), June 5, 1927
44. FIDDLESTICKS – Mack Sennett Comedies (20:46), November 27, 1927
45. RUN, GIRL, RUN – Mack Sennett Comedies (19:53), January 15, 1928
46. TAXI FOR TWO – Mack Sennett Comedies (16:47), September 2, 1928
47. THE BLUFFER – A Mack Sennett Brevity (11:08), September 28, 1930
48. THE DENTIST – A Mack Sennett Star Comedy (21:47), December 9, 1932
49. DON’T PLAY BRIDGE WITH YOUR WIFE – A Mack Sennett Star Comedy (17:57), January 13, 1933
50. THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER – A Mack Sennett Star Comedy (18:56), March 3, 1933
Aphid Alley – Triangle Land Conservancy
3,700 feet of new trail and over 200 hours of volunteer work went in to a new section of trail out at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve. Starting back in May, the Conservation Corps volunteers broke ground on a new segment now called Aphid Alley. We’ll get to the name in a minute. They worked week after week on this section, using all the tools in our trailer to get the job done right. I think the results speak for themselves, and I hope you’re able to find your way out to Johnston Mill and enjoy the new Aphid Alley. The new spur will be a summer escape from the Old Field Bluff Trail, and allow hikers to escape the power line section where the sun can be relentless during the hottest months of the year. Furthermore, it’ll provide a wonderful loop on the north side of Old Field Creek and offer a hike with gentle elevation gain along through the forests out at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve.
A few of the critters we found as we constructed the trail; Top: eastern worm snake, Bottom: marbled salamander
There were many names that came to mind when we were constructing the trail. Copperhead Connector, a tribute to the 3 we saw during our construction, White Rock Trail in regards to the quartz we found along the way, and Millipede Mile which was scrapped when the trail length failed to reach one mile, were all top suggestions. Aphid Alley rose to the top of the charts because of the many branches of beech trees we found which were covered in the beech blight aphid, or sometimes referred to as the “boogie-woogie aphid”. The boogie-woogie aphid is a small insect that when disturbed, shakes its posterior side to side to make it look like the entire branch is dancing away. The aphids themselves generally cause little harm to the trees overall health, but usually do quite literally suck the life out of the branch they call home.
Beech blight aphid, or “boogie-woogie” aphid if you prefer, photo from www.carolinanature.com
If you’re looking for a new section of woods to travel through, check out Aphid Alley and do the boogie-woogie down this new section of trail. This is The Dirt – Tales from the Field. As always feel free to contact me, [email protected], with any questions you may have about stewardship happenings here at TLC!
Triangle Square digital sign proposal goes to Costa Mesa City Council – Orange County Register
It will be up to the Costa Mesa City Council if large digital advertising signs will be allowed at Triangle Square, something the owner of the struggling mall says it needs to survive.
After months of pandemic-related delays and two earlier lengthy public hearings, the Planning Commission voted unanimously this week to recommend the council reject the sign plan.
A rendering shows the look of a large LED sign planned for Costa Mesa’s Triangle Square would look at night.
The daytime look of a large LED sign that could be added at Costa Mesa’s Triangle Square mall is shown in this rendering.
Triangle Square at the corner of Newport Boulevard and 19th Street in Costa Mesa, CA, on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. The mall’s owner wants city approval to add big new LED signs, including one that would wrap around the dome on the corner. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Triangle Square at the corner of Newport Boulevard and 19th Street in Costa Mesa, CA, on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. The mall’s owner wants city approval to add big new LED signs, including one that would wrap around the dome on the corner. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Triangle Square owner Tyler Mateen is asking to add three digital signs – one that would wrap around the mall’s signature dome and two more along Harbor Boulevard and 19th Street – as well as new and refurbished signs to direct people to businesses and parking.
Mateen has proposed or agreed to various rules and restrictions, including limiting the type of ads that would be shown and turning off the LED signs during certain hours. He’s offering the city some free advertising time and a cut of the ad sales: a flat $150,000 a year plus 10% of any revenue over $1 million.
The signs would not only help bring more customers to Triangle Square by letting them know what businesses are there, they should draw new tenants and make money (from outside ads) that could be invested back into the mall, Mateen has said.
Commission Chairman Byron De Arakal said after the meeting he didn’t feel he could make the findings required to recommend approval, particularly the one that says allowing the new signs wouldn’t amount to granting a special privilege.
While city code generally forbids big changeable electronic signs, two other spots that have them – the SOCO and Metro Pointe shopping centers – can only use them to advertise their tenants, De Arakal said.
“My position on that, was that permitting the applicant to sell off-site advertising to third parties is something that other applicants who have come forward with LED displays have not been granted,” he said.
Mateen has previously explained it’s hard to attract customers to the mall because it’s gridlocked between Newport and Harbor boulevards and 19th Street and gets little foot traffic.
He told the commission this week that about seven new businesses were interested in signing leases if the sign proposal is approved, adding, “These signs are absolutely necessary for the center to succeed.”
While some tenants closed during the pandemic, Triangle Square still offers a movie theater, bowling alley and nightclub, a handful of restaurants and a few other businesses.
Some residents have asked the city to reject Mateen’s proposal because they fear the signs will distract passing drivers and cause crashes.
De Arakal said he’s not convinced the signs would make the intersections closest to Triangle Square more dangerous. Newport Boulevard and 19th Street had the most collisions of any intersection in the city between 2016 and 2020, according to a city report, but it also had the highest traffic volume, and planning staff said past research on digital message boards “did not show a correlation with collisions.”
Commissioner Russell Toler, who proposed the commission say no to the digital signs, said at the meeting he was unable to conclude they would meet the city code’s directive to balance the needs of businesses with traffic safety and residents’ desire for a pleasing, uncluttered environment.
He’s been getting emails for months, he said, and “the residents have emphatically said that they do not find the signage to be pleasant and aesthetically pleasing, and that’s what the finding requires. ”
In an emailed statement, Mateen said he and his team have worked to address community concerns and “ultimately presented a state-of-the-art digital signage plan that was reduced in scope and went above and beyond safety standards and allowable guidelines for brightness, transition and display length of images.
“I’m disappointed that the latest plan we presented wasn’t approved,” he said, “and we’re now evaluating our next steps with the City Council.”
Eiffel Tower, Bermuda Triangle and Rastrelli Grotto
Five main sights of Lefortovo
One of the oldest districts of Moscow, which today is called Lefortovo, used to be the German settlement. All foreigners were called Germans – “dumb”, those who could not speak Russian. Mostly foreign military officers lived here, including the colleague of Peter I – Franz Lefort. Near the German settlement there was a large vacant lot on the banks of the Yauza. It was him that Lefort asked Peter to build the buildings that were intended for the needs of the regiment.In 1797-1802. next to the barracks, the main building of the “hospital” was built, which has retained its appearance to this day. It was not only a medical institution, but also an educational institution. It was here that the first surgical school in Russia, an anatomical theater, a museum and a botanical garden for the cultivation of medicinal plants were opened.
The district has preserved many amazing places where you can walk and study the history of Moscow.
True Russian classicism is the Catherine Palace, also called the Catherine Barracks, a complex of buildings and courtyards built by the Empress’s order.Annenhof, the largest colonnade in Moscow, has survived from the palace era in Lefortovo. The building was built in the 1770s. Now the Combined Arms Academy of the RF Armed Forces is located there.
At the beginning of the 18th century, this place was the estate of Fyodor Alekseevich Golovin, one of the closest associates of Peter. Around the palace there was a beautiful Dutch-style park with ponds and canals. During the reign of Peter II, the Lefortovo and Golovinsky palaces were the seat of the royal court.It hosted meetings of the Supreme Privy Council and celebrations on the occasion of the coronation of Anna Ioannovna. In total, construction on the territory of the estate took about 25 years, and the creation of the Catherine Palace took more than three years. Architects replaced each other. The work on the palace was carried out by several famous masters, including Rastrelli, Kazakov, Rinaldi, Blank, and Quarenghi was engaged in the interior decoration and facade.
Temple of Peter and Paul
At the initiative of Lefort, a wooden church was built for the soldiers of his regiment, consecrated in honor of the holy Chief Apostles Peter and Paul, especially revered throughout the world.The Galilean fisherman and the Roman Pharisee became the first among the apostles, they are considered the patrons of fishermen, they pray to them before starting a new business and with everyday problems.
The temple is crowned with five chapters, the bell tower was built in the style of hipped roof architecture. Eight bells have survived from the time of the original construction – this is a great rarity for Moscow. Two church side-chapels are consecrated in honor of the Apostle John the Theologian and the wonderworker Sergius of Radonezh. Orthodox shrines are kept here – the miraculous Pochaev icon of the Mother of God, the icon of the Mother of God “The Indestructible Wall”, the image of the great martyr Panteleimon, the relics of the blessed prince.Mikhail Tverskoy. The church has a baptistery for the baptism of adults, as well as a Sunday and singing school.
Not many people know that there is a copy of the Eiffel Tower in Moscow. It is located on the territory of the Moskabelmet plant, not far from the Aviamotornaya station. It was built by the workers themselves. The height of the tower is about the size of a five-story building. Unfortunately, this Moscow miracle with a Parisian accent is located in a closed area, but if you can get a pass there, you can take unusual photos.
Lefortovo Park, or as it was called before, Golovinsky Garden, is one of the most famous parks in Europe and the first regular park in Russia. It was defeated near the palace of Field Marshal Fyodor Golovin. The palace was intended for receptions and celebrations, it was spoken of as “Versailles on the Yauza”. From the Golovinsky Garden, which was called Versailles on the Yauza, there is a linden alley, a rotunda gazebo, a complex of five ponds, and Rastrelli’s grotto. Historians believe that this particular park became the prototype for the future parks of St. Petersburg.
A grotto, a beautiful bridge-dam, which separates the ponds and where the main linden alley passes, has survived to this day. To save this unique historical park, the huge Lefortovo tunnel was built.
Theoretically, it cannot be called a sight, but it is certainly a familiar object of the district. The Lefortovo Tunnel is one of the longest automobile tunnels in Europe, its length is 2.2 km, it passes under the Lefortovo Park and the Yauza River.Many legends and strange stories are associated with it. Previously, it was called the “Bermuda Triangle” in the center of Moscow.
The fact is that under artificial lighting conditions, the effect of a “black hole” can be created here visually. There are 800 powerful lamps installed inside the tunnel, but their flickering often causes eye fatigue in drivers and vision. In case of emergency, a telephone always works in the tunnel. You can see this “attraction” only while driving a car.
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Yorkshire is the largest English county. It houses the largest English valley, the largest English medieval cathedral, the largest English parish church and the world’s largest restaurant selling traditional fish in batter and chips.
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Bronze Roman emperor in front of York Cathedral. It is immediately evident that the Romans were comfortable there.
Everyone knows that the Romans conquered the British tribes. One of these tribes, the brigants, lived in the territory of modern Yorkshire, and it was the most numerous and strongest tribe in the north of England. The leaders (or kings) of the tribe quickly realized that fighting the Roman military machine was a disastrous thing, and instead of heroically perishing, they entered into an alliance with the conquerors, retaining almost all power in exchange for loyalty and reasonable money.
True, a small problem arose there when the queen of the brigands Cartimandui left her husband Venutius and went to his squire Villokat.Venutius was, of course, outraged, gathered an army and attacked his ex-wife, and, at the same time, the Romans. In the end, the Romans, of course, won, but it took them more than 20 years to re-conquer the obstinate tribe.
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The largest stone cathedral in Northern Europe. Even Canterbury falls short of him.
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And everything else …
Photo author, joe daniel price
Walking along the fortress walls can be exhausting, plus you have to maneuver between numerous tourists. I have no idea how the author managed to take such a deserted picture.
In York, you can walk along the medieval fortress walls and even get a little tired of it, because they stretch for almost five kilometers.And its cathedral is not only the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, but it also has the world’s largest surviving medieval stained glass window. It is also believed that the famous medieval Shambles Street in the county capital served as the prototype for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books. However, several more streets in different cities claim this glory.
Photo author, joe daniel price
Shambles street. Why not Diagon Alley! Filmed in the middle of the night, otherwise the people on it, as in rush hour.
The seaside town of Scarborough in the middle of the 17th century became the first resort in England, and in 1867 the Grand Hotel that opened there was the largest hotel in Europe.
At the same time, Yorkshire remains a paradise not only for lovers of history and cold sea bathing, but also for fans of walking: a third of the territory of all National Parks in England falls just on it.
Photo author, George W Johnson
Yorkshire Dales National Park. Here lived and worked James Harriott, author of All Creatures, Large and Small.
And if all this is not enough for you, then in Yorkshire were born: Guy Fawkes (The Gunpowder Plot), the Brontë sisters (Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights) and Dick Turpin (a highwayman, not the most pleasant person who, however, he became the hero of numerous tabloid novels).
With that, shedding bitter tears from the impossibility of grasping the immensity, I turn to the main subject of the conversation – cooking. So:
Soup with smoked haddock and bacon
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Delicious… and very … smelly …
I have exactly one complaint about this fish: when smoked, it has a very specific, well … let’s just say, aroma. He is guaranteed to score everything else, although in finished form it will not be so scary. My family loves this soup, but I cook it, trying, if possible, not to breathe through my nose. We have to admit that it turns out quite tasty. All amounts are based on the recipe of Hillary Whitbread, author of A Year in Yorkshire Kitchen. However, you can do the same as me, and put everything “from the lantern” and for inspiration, it works with soups.
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Haddock is prepared for smoking. I really could not find an explanation why it is tinted. Its natural color after smoking is also yellow-orange.
You will need:
- Some small amount of butter or margarine
- 1 onion (cut smaller)
- 225 g potatoes, peeled (of course) and diced
- 1 pint chicken stock (about 500 ml …The broth may not be chicken, but vegetable, for example)
- 1 bay leaf
- 225 g bacon, cut into thin strips (you can ignore it and increase the amount of fish or vegetables)
- 225 g smoked haddock
- 1 small tin can with sweet corn kernels (200 g. If you do not have canned corn, feel free to take fresh corn, and plan the kernels from it yourself, it turns out just as good)
- Half a pint of milk (250 ml, but you can do more)
- And more a little milk for steaming the fish
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Milk really does make the fish better.
Start by simmering the haddock in the milk. Milk, fortunately, will significantly weaken its all-pervading amber. For even better results, add half an onion (not the one you cut for the soup itself) and a bay leaf in the milk.
The technology is simple: pour the milk into a frying pan, bring it almost to a boil, carefully put the haddock there, and let it quietly reach readiness there. As a rule, it takes 15-20 minutes. The finished fish will itself fall apart into “flakes”.After you have managed to remove it and cool it a little, divide into flakes what has not yet separated, remove the skin and bones. Do not spare milk, pour it out, it will no longer be useful to you.
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Smoked haddock on a fish counter. An octopus is visible nearby.
While the haddock is in the milk bath, do the rest. To do this, first fry the onion a little in margarine or butter. It should turn transparent (relatively), but not brown.
Add the potatoes to the onion and fry for another five minutes. By the way, all this can be done immediately in a soup pan to save dishes and time. Pour the broth in there, add bay leaves and bacon, pepper if you like, or throw in a few peas. Be careful with salt, because if you add bacon, it is already salty.
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Here you can clearly see the corn floating in the soup. In fact – a full scope of creativity.It always seemed to me that bacon was clearly superfluous there, but decide for yourself.
Now bring it all to a boil, remove the heat and leave for 15 minutes. The last step: send the fish and corn into the pan and let this brew for another 10 minutes until fully cooked. Whitewash this thing with milk and you can feed yourself and your family.
Two small notes: If your corn is fresh and not canned, then put it with the potatoes. You can use cream instead of milk, it will give the soup a special softness, which will greatly improve the all-pervading characteristics of haddock.above).
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It seems that this goose suspects that he is fake … Although, perhaps, he is simply philosophically happy that he will not go to the dish.
As you probably guessed from the name, there is no goose here, but it smells like English pork sausages. If you don’t have access to them, then just take a cheaper piece of pork, pass it through a meat grinder and add garlic, sage (yes, it is the one that normal people take from coughs, not from hunger), nutmeg and some bread crumbs. crackers.
I have already talked about the many types of meat and potato casseroles that the British Isles are so rich in, so I will not dwell on the fake goose.
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Pork sausages, from which minced meat will have to be squeezed. An exciting activity, but then you have to wash your hands for a long time.
For him you need:
- 450 g pork sausages
- 450 g mashed potatoes
- 1 large onion, chopped and fried in butter (or vegetable) oil
- 110 g mushrooms, cut into slices and fried with the same onions
- Salt, pepper, mustard powder (if you like)
- A good handful (the more the better) cheese (originally the eternal English Cheddar), grated.
Photo author, LauriPatterson
It seems that a fake goose should be collected in a round dish, but the shape should not affect the taste.
Now Putting It All Together
Take a heatproof deep oven bowl. Lay in a layer of minced sausage first (if you have access to English sausages, you will have to squeeze the minced meat out of the skin. This is quite fun, albeit very sticky, by the way).
Place the mushrooms and onions on it, cover them with mashed potatoes, which should be sprinkled with plenty of grated cheese.All this must be cooked at 180 degrees in a little less than an hour.
The process can be simplified if the minced meat is not put raw, but pre-fried. Then the oven will be enough for 20 minutes at 220 degrees. Just bake until the cheese is completely melted. It can take longer for the cheese to turn slightly brown.
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Feckle can only be cooked if you have nothing against cabbage. Otherwise, stay away from Thekla.
What is Theckl? It’s hard to say, there are several versions. In one of the urban jargons, fackle means the laugh (even neigh) of a very fat lady, reminiscent of a croak. Most likely, it has nothing to do with cooking. Another option: a somewhat distorted word tackle, that is, “catch up and not let go.” Most plausible version: Fekl is an English derivative of the Norwegian dish Fårikål. It is possible that it got to Yorkshire together with the Vikings, who, in the intervals between robberies and battles, ate the traditional grub, indulging in homesickness.Although in this case, “catching up and not letting go” is also quite appropriate.
Be that as it may, but in Yorkshire it took root, due to the fact that there were (and still are) full of sheep and cabbage there. This is a recipe by Mary Henson Moore, I have never cooked this Thekl, although I am ready to take a chance.
Photo author, BerndBrueggemann
There are enough sheep in Yorkshire. This couple is walking through the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
List of products
- 900 g lamb neck (mixed with bones)
- Large (about 2 kg) head of cabbage
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 12 black peppercorns (I don’t know why 12, you can from the spirit contradiction to put, for example, 14!)
- 1 pint (half a liter) of water
Quite simple, probably because the guys in horned helmets did not have any special kitchen tricks, and they cooked their culinary nostalgia right on campfires.
Photo author, Chemical Engineer
Exposition of the Viking Museum in York. These guys settled there with all the comforts, however, the Romans behaved the same way.
Cut the meat into pieces, but do not remove the bone. Cut the cabbage into large thick slices too, but cut off the stalk.
Place the meat and cabbage in the thick kettle. Most likely, you will get several layers, each of which must be sprinkled with flour and mustard powder, salt and pepper.
Tie black peppercorns in cheesecloth and place this knot strategically in the very center. Pour in water, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and go away.
Photo author, Diana Miller
The fresher and juicier the cabbage, the better Fekl! This one is generally organic.
You have just had an hour of free time, but with a clear conscience, you can leave this business on fire for two hours, or even three.But still, look under the lid from time to time so that the water does not boil away.
Serve with boiled potatoes and do not forget to remove the cheesecloth and pepper.
Well, after the fake goose with Scandinavian lamb, it’s time to finally get to dessert. Yorkshire people seem to love their traditional pudding so much that they also make a sweet version with berries.
But for sweet we will not have him, but no less traditional Yorkshire product – rhubarb.
Photo author, Mike Kirby
Rhubarb monument.The color, however, is not the same, but the shape is correct.
This was the name of an area of 23 square kilometers in the western part of Yorkshire, where, until the middle of the 20th century, about 90% of the world’s winter rhubarb was grown by forcing.
This method consists in the fact that rhubarb is first “frozen” in the fresh air for two years so that it gets used to the harsh conditions, so to speak, after which it is transplanted into special dark and warm sheds. The poor plant begins, like a turpentine plant, to stretch upward in search of light, which is not and will not be.It is even harvested exclusively by candlelight so that the rhubarb does not relax and continues to grow.
Photo author, Monty Rakusen
This is how he lives: by candlelight and in captivity.
Alas, but the rhubarb popularity gradually faded away. It is the same globalization that is to blame for this, thanks to which the population has year-round access to cheap tangerines with oranges and lemons, which are also rich in vitamin C.
In recent years, however, it has gradually begun to gain popularity again as a purely British healthy product ( in fact, rhubarb comes from Siberia, but then he was accepted as a native), and it is possible that at least partial rehabilitation awaits him.
But enough of the lyrics, let’s move on to the edible details.
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By and large, a cobbler is the same crumble, only the bottom layer is covered not with sand crumbs, but with sand blotches.
Cobbler is a foreign and beautiful word, but it means something very simple: a layer of berries covered with some kind of dough. In theory, rhubarb in this dish can be replaced with anything, for example, cherries, but this will no longer have anything to do with Yorkshire.And, of course, it’s not for me to teach you how to make rhubarb jelly, which was one of my favorite dishes of my childhood.
For a cobbler you will need:
- 450-500 g fresh rhubarb
- Sugar – as much as you want. The more sour the rhubarb, the more sweet it is.
- 250 g flour
- 1 teaspoonful of baking powder
- 125 g sugar (this is only for dough, it has nothing to do with sugar in rhubarb)
- 125 g melted butter
In other words, take flour, sugar, butter in proportions 2: 1: 1
How to fight a cobbler
Photo author, annick vanderschelden photography
And now we will extinguish it…
First, cut the rhubarb stalks into more or less even pieces of one to three centimeters, cover them with sugar and leave for half an hour to let the cut stalks release the juice. I recommend doing it right away in a saucepan.
Add a few tablespoons of water to the rhubarb dripping juice and cook it for 10 minutes, until it becomes soft, but does not fall apart into streaks. If you got rhubarb of increased juiciness, then you can cook it in your own juice.
Gently transfer the stems to an oven dish.
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Blocks do not have to be neat, follow your idea of beauty.
If you are an organized person, then by this time the cobbler itself should be ready for you, especially since it is not at all difficult to make it.
Combine flour, baking powder and sugar and gently pour melted butter into them. Stir with your hands (it will be scary to stick, so either wet your hands with water, or still use a spoon).
And begin to pinch off small pieces from the resulting clay-like and still warm lump, roll balls out of them and slightly flatten them with your palm. Deal with the size of the balls yourself, but proceed from the fact that the resulting flattened result should be about a centimeter thick.
Photo author, Lewis Mulatero
Cobbler (or crumble) with custard. Classic!
Now we need to cover the rhubarb with test disks. Try to make them touch each other, but not overlap, and put them in the oven for half an hour at a temperature of 200 degrees.
The cobbler is ready when the discs are pleasantly golden and the rhubarb gurgles happily around.
If you like, you can sprinkle with more sugar and serve with custard, sour cream, whipped cream, or by itself. Custard works best for me, but try any of the options.
Photo author, RailwayJG
Ripon. The whole cathedral and the ruins of the abbey.
I started my story about Yorkshire with the fact that it has a lot of self.It also has the oldest English city (meaning city, that is, a city with a cathedral). This is the city of Ripon, which received its charter from the Saxon king Alfred the Great in 886, that is, almost 200 years before the Normans with William the Conqueror.
Every day … yes, EVERY day since that same 886, at nine o’clock in the evening, a specially appointed trumpeter (there are several of them) comes out to the main square and blows into his pipe, more precisely, into the horn, so that citizens can sleep peacefully.
This is one of the oldest ceremonies in England and has not gone anywhere for almost 1150 years!
No need to be surprised, because the tradition with the horn goes back to the fight against the same Vikings who brought their Fekl to Yorkshire. And cooking is the same age as the tradition.
But alas! For the first time in more than 1000 years, the Ripon trumpeters are forced to hold the ceremony at home, and not in the square: quarantine measures have not reckoned even with such a glorious history.
Good luck with the stove and oven!
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The Suzdal project “Alley of Fir Trees” has assembled a whole “street” of 28 fir trees
There are no vacant places among those provided for New Year’s installations
Constantinople has already reported that until December 14, the administration of Suzdal accepted applications from enterprises wishing to participate free of charge in the 5th Suzdal New Year project “Alley of Fir Trees”.Suzdal mayors allocated not only 28 places on Kremlevskaya Street, but also power supply for garlands, they themselves ate approximately the same height, and even police supervision from December 25 to January 7 inclusive. Well, the name plates with the designation, whose are these evergreen decorated conifers.
As for looking after the fir trees, this is not a reinsurance, it is an objective necessity, because, for example, the year before last, from the tree of the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve, they “took as souvenirs” several decorations symbolizing museum activities.
Just don’t think that there is a policeman near every tree. It’s just that this coniferous alley is included in the surveillance zone of video cameras, plus a patrol route runs along the alley along the Kremlin, and until the 7th there is a “bonus” to their task of protecting public order – looking after the safety of firs and decorations on them.
As a result, all the seats were occupied, and the guests of the city received an amazing New Year’s street.
The Museum-Reserve this year did without a coniferous beauty altogether – this state institution has a stylish glass equilateral triangle with Christmas balls inside instead of a Christmas tree.
Some other participants of the New Year’s flash mob also did without spruce. One hotel even used a mannequin of a young lady, whose floor-length dress is spruce branches.
There are many participating hotels and hotel complexes in the alley. Many trees from taxi companies. On their Christmas trees, in addition to toys, silhouettes of cars and “checkers”.
Everyone tried to the best of their ability, capabilities and imagination. And in general it turned out well. Residents of the city and visitors are happy to be photographed against the background of a fabulous coniferous alley.
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90,000 🥇 ▷ Oy Alley in NBA 2k20 “✅
We explain how to do Alley Oop in NBA 2k20. Buttons, players, and placement. In addition to other games like Auto or Multi Alley Oop
Alley Oop is arguably the most addictive game you can play in NBA 2k20.While this requires some coordination, you will find that it is easier than you thought. So let’s show you how to perform Alley Oop and some of its variations:
Ellie Oop in NBA 2d20 – Buttons
While there are options as we expect, all the buttons you need to press to launch Alley Oop are:
- PlayStation – PS4 : Triangle + Triangle
- Xbox One : Y + Y
- Nintendo Switch : X + X
Now, as we expect, there are options
Oy Alley in NBA 2k20 – Variants
If you are a pin, all you have to do is force the attacker to enter the basket.When you hit the Alley Oop buttons (being a pin) you will see the attacker hit the area, if not, cancel the game. If the attacker gets caught in the hoop, your only problem is that the defenders are blocking it. So, to make the lane as a pin, what you should be worried about is whether the attackers who can get your pass can actually infiltrate. If you do counter numerical superiority, you will almost certainly succeed. But if it is a static attack with 5 well-placed defenders, it will be more difficult
By the way, if you are carrying a ball, you can also make the lane opposite, although we will explain this later.
The logic is exactly the same, although now, as an attacker, you will have to point the left stick towards the basket in order to infiltrate. And also evaluate if you can break through the defense or if you have a clear path.
If the road is clear, there is nothing more to say. But if you see that the defense is well positioned, you have to force the situation:
Ask for block and do side penetration to create gaps
Ellie Oop in NBA 2k20 – Auto Ellie Oop
If you really want to humiliate your opponent, this is your game.
Requires you to pick up the ball, have a clean basket and a minimum of room to play. If you think you can do this, use the combination of buttons we show you at the beginning and with the left stick pointing to the trash can.
Oop Alley in NBA 2k20 – Multi Oop Alley
Another very colorful game in which the attacker passes it to the third player instead of a crushing blow.
Only try if you have two more or less free attackers.This is done by repeating the key combination with the first receiver. That is, for example, on PS4, the pin presses Triangle + Triangle, and instead of crushing, the receiver presses Triangle + Triangle again, so that the third player arrives and presses. If you are completely alone, you can keep pressing the button combination as many times as you like.
Alley Oop in NBA 2k20 – Which Players?
Any player can do Alley Oop, but some are better than others, so if you don’t want to fail try this:
- Pin: to be a pin
- Receiver: Be Alley Oops Balloon Receiver and Finisher
Golden Triangle – Atlas – Medusa Travel Guides Series
The center of the Golden Triangle, St. Petersburg and the former Russian Empire – Palace Square, built up, as they would say now, by foreign specialists.The appearance of the ceremonial ensemble has remained unchanged for almost two hundred years, except that the Winter Palace changed colors like gloves: imagine it as terracotta (as it was in the 1920s) or yellowish (Rastrelli’s original version). A light bustle reigns in the square: carriages, teenagers with skateboards and bicycles, mummers of Petra and Catherine, soliciting tourists. Every month, on the occasion of free entrance to the Hermitage, a queue is lined up, reaching the arch of the Main Staff, even in cold weather. Several times a year – concerts and festivities on the occasion of city holidays, which are terribly disliked by the Hermitage leadership.They have reasons: on New Year’s Eve 2000, a firecracker launched from the crowd hit a chariot standing in the woods above the arch, the tree caught fire, the sculpture had to be removed for restoration for a year.
Millionnaya Street leaves the Palace Square, where, as the name implies, non-poor people settled; in Soviet times, she was named after the bomber Stepan Khalturin. On the right – New Hermitage , the portico of which is held by nine Atlanteans, under whose feet someone is always taking pictures.Another good shot with perspective of Winter Canal , a narrow channel between Moika and Neva, awaits next. There was a story about a spectacular arch with a gallery, thrown across it from the Great Hermitage to the Hermitage Theater: they say, Catherine made a big feast in it to shame the ill-wishers of the architect Quarenghi, who hinted at the fragility of the structure. This is nothing more than a legend, especially when you consider that the arch was built not by Quarenghi, but by Felten.
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Take the exit into Moshkov Lane to get off at Dvortsovaya Embankment and look at the Strelka and the Peter and Paul Fortress – or enjoy the same view from the 8-store in the Taiga space.Closer to the Trinity Bridge on Millionnaya is Marble Palace , Catherine’s gift to her favorite Grigory Orlov. In response, he presented the empress with a 400-carat Indian diamond. Catherine’s diamond came in handy – it adorned the scepter of the Russian Empire, but the Orlov Palace – no: the count died before the completion of the work. Later, eccentric members of the Romanov family lived here, in particular the young Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich, who fired live rats from a cannon in the halls, and the Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich, a poet whose poems were based on many romances.Nowadays, the Marble Palace is also quite eccentric: inside there is modern art, in the courtyard there is an awkward monument to Alexander III.
You will probably want to stay on the Champ de Mars in the summer – and hardly in the winter, when some bogeymen warm their hands at the Eternal Flame. Of the buildings on the right side, it is not the very long hulk (these are the former officers’ barracks) that is remarkable, but the house of Adamini , standing on the corner with Moika , a magnet for bohemians of the early 20th century. In 1915, here, in the art bureau Dobychina, an exhibition of futurists opened, at which Malevich presented the Black Square to the public.Critics howled with indignation: not so much because of the painting itself, but because the artist placed it in the red corner intended for icons. Then the cabaret “Halt of the Comedian” worked in the house, where Meyerhold and Mayakovsky were, and Blok read the poem “The Twelve” for the first time. Not to mention the tenants: Akhmatova, Leonid Andreev, Yuri German.
From the Field of Mars, many tempting prospects open up: to the right of the dome of the Savior on Spilled Blood, in front of the Mikhailovsky Garden, but keep the course for the spire of the Mikhailovsky Castle.On the left hand will remain the Summer Garden, where Petersburgers do not go after the barbaric reconstruction – they wanted to arrange an idyllic regular park, a mini-Peterhof in the city center, but the result was a “Baroque gulag”, as one of the visitors summed up in an Internet review. Nearby, on the Fontanka (opposite house number 12), sits Chizhik-Pyzhik , who is known to have drunk here. In urban folklore, this figure appeared thanks to the students of the Institute of Law on the opposite side of the river: they wore bright, under a siskin, uniforms and fawn hats.The tiny bird sculpture (by Rezo Gabriadze) is being stolen all the time.
Mikhailovsky Castle makes an impression even now, but it looked even more spectacular under Paul I, when the building was surrounded by water on all sides. The ditches were filled up after the death of the owner, two hundred years ago, and were partially restored (without water) quite recently – now a suspension bridge leads to the portal-entrance. Broken around the monument to Peter I Engineering Square and the Maple Alley that follows from it is perhaps the most peaceful place in the Golden Triangle, where in the evening you can sometimes sit on a bench in complete solitude.
At the intersection with Inzhenernaya Street, take a look to the left, at the massive building with a tureen dome – this is the first stone circus in Russia, built by the Italian entrepreneur Gaetano Ciniselli in 1877. Recently Ciniselli Circus opened after a long restoration, and those who hoped to see if not Cirque du Soliel-style performances, then at least something modern, were disappointed: there are all the same trained dogs. Behind the circus stands traction substation No. 11 , an unexpected monument of constructivism (1932) in the ceremonial center.For the city, it is valuable not only for its architecture: the building is popularly known as the Blockade Substation – thanks to it, in 1942, trams ran across Leningrad. Now that the building has been taken out of service, developers are circling around – and they are worried about it.
Maple Street will lead to Manezhnaya Square . Carlo Rossi’s Manege (now the Winter Stadium), which gave it its name, has long since ceded the main role here to the House of Cinema – a generation of students has already escaped from lectures to sessions and kissed on the steps.The square in the center of the square makes it possible to finally find out what the builders of St. Petersburg Rossi, Rinaldi and Quarenghi, whose busts are placed around the fountain, looked like.
Turning left along Italyanskaya street, you will find yourself on the Fontanka embankment. There are three conveniently lined up establishments that provide the living wage of the Petersburg smart guy – books-caffeine-alcohol: the Order of Words store, the Coffee in the Kitchen cafe and the Products bar. Further along the embankment stretches the facade of the Shuvalov Palace (No. 21), in which Viktor Vekselberg opened his Faberge Museum (fabergemuseum.ru) – the oligarch turned out to be a connoisseur of Easter imperial eggs (nine are on display) and shiny things in general: silver spoons, earrings with topaz and other trifles are collected in showcases.
Ahead is the Anichkov Bridge with horses, suggesting that on the Nevsky you will have to go to a trot – that’s the way it is. Immediately behind the bridge on the odd side of the avenue, the whole block is occupied by the ensemble of Anichkov Palace . The oldest building on Nevsky was built under Elizabeth: the finishing touches were made by Rastrelli.The palace stands sideways to the avenue, since it had its own harbor with access to the Fontanka. Later, it was filled up, and between Anichkov and the river the office building of the Cabinet of His Imperial Majesty grew (this address, in particular, received petitions and complaints). The listing of all the owners of the palace will take too much space – the Romanovs considered it a good wedding gift, so it endlessly went from hand to hand. Suffice it to say that almost all future emperors played in the Anichkov Garden, and since 1937, when the building became the Palace of Pioneers (now the Palace of Youth Creativity), ordinary children play.
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The ensemble of Ostrovsky Square with the more accessible Katka’s garden is adjacent to Anichkov. Opposite is Eliseevsky shop , opened by the main importers of wines in the Russian Empire, merchants Eliseevs. Full-blooded Art Nouveau now arouses unanimous admiration, and at the beginning of the 20th century, such architecture, especially on the Nevsky, seemed alien and impudent.”All the merchants in the nouveau style have gone crazy, they have erected three- and four-storey decadences,” the feuilletonist of “Petersburg leaf” sarcastically.
Around the corner from Eliseevsky, at Malaya Sadovaya , passers-by fire coins at the figure of Elisha the cat sitting on the cornice. On the contrary – his less popular girlfriend, the cat Vasilisa. There is enough kitsch sculptural replica on Malaya Sadovaya – an empty and stupid street – there is also a fountain-ball and a monument to the photographer near the house where Karl Bulla’s photo studio, known throughout the city, was located.
You will inevitably have to go down to the underpass under Sadovaya Street, packed with stalls with creepy souvenirs, but Gostiny Dvor with goods of a similar kind can be safely ignored. Actually, this is an architectural monument (classicism of the second half of the 18th century, architect Vallin-Delamot), but the townspeople are so accustomed to perceive the building as a metro pavilion that they never look at it. The Red Tower behind Gostiny Dvor was part of the City Duma ensemble and served as a fire tower.The building itself is located at Dumskaya Street , which ten years ago was the most important bar address in St. Petersburg, but now there is an unpleasant revelry and sometimes shootings.
Opposite the Gostinka there is another old trading house, Passage (1848). There is nothing interesting in terms of shops, but the interiors are well preserved. The gallery under the glass roof leads to the very cultural Arts Square with a monument to Pushkin, the main building of the Russian Museum, the Mikhailovsky Theater and the Great Philharmonic Hall.
A couple of houses from the Passage, the buildings part in front of Armenian Church of St. Catherine , the first heterodox church on Nevsky Prospekt on your way. Petersburg from the very beginning was tolerant of other confessions (how else could it be in a city where ships were built by the Dutch and palaces by Italians): communities that wanted to have their houses for prayer on the main street of the capital were not hindered. The graceful church was built by Yuri Felten; in the yard there is an Armenian shop with lavash and jam.
On the Mikhailovskaya street, leaving from Nevsky, the entire odd side is occupied by the pre-revolutionary Grand Hotel Europe . It was once considered bohemian to come here for coffee – as, for example, did Dovlatov. Further along the avenue, street artists sell paintings that dishonor the cultural capital in front of the facade of the Catholic Basilica of St. Catherine . Trezzini, Rinaldi, and Vallin-Delamot had a hand in it, and the architect Isaac Montferrand was a parishioner.
From the bridge over the Griboyedov Canal, everything is in full view – the best view of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Kazan Cathedral and the House of Books built by the architect Suzor (which, like Eliseevsky, was terribly disliked by contemporaries).If you want something less obvious, turn onto the embankment, to the eclectic building of the St. Petersburg Mutual Loan Society (No. 13) of the same Suzor. Now Rosbank operates in it, but the operating room with columns of Carrara marble and cast-iron lamps still looks as if banknotes are issued here, and not plastic cards.
The third church sunk into the depths of the Nevsky, Petrikirche , belonged to the German community. After the revolution, she had a harder time than other heterodox churches on the avenue – they were all ruined, but in addition they turned it into a pool.Nearby there is also a Swedish church at Malaya Konyushennaya and a Finnish church at Bolshaya Konyushennaya . Malaya Konyushennaya is a quiet and scattered street, while Bolshaya, on the contrary, is bourgeois and complacent. Several expensive shop windows sparkle on it and the newly renovated department store DLT (House of Leningrad Trade), turned into a clothing store for people with a gold credit card, flaunts. Between it and the Leningrad cafe “Pyshki” 300 meters and a whole era.
Opposite Bolshaya Konyushennaya on Nevsky there is another trading building, Mertens house (1906) with four-story arched windows (now there is Zara).Neighboring pink baroque – Stroganov Palace , the creation of Rastrelli. The interiors ordered by the wealthy Stroganovs from the same Rastrelli and the author of the Kazan Cathedral, Voronikhin, have been lovingly restored, but unpleasant commotion outside the windows distracts from their inspection: right in the palace courtyard there is a shalman restaurant and a pseudo-museum of chocolate.
Behind the Green Bridge across the Moika River, you will again see the Arch of the General Staff Building, but from the outside. Bolshaya Morskaya Street , which crosses Nevsky , is not formally included in the Golden Triangle, but it certainly belongs to it in spirit: the gallant promenade from Palace Square to Isaac was a fashionable address and a testing ground for technical innovations (the first electric lights in the city appeared here).
At the source of Nevsky Prospect, the forces to study the facades have most likely run out, but pay attention to another blockade stencil “Citizens! During shelling, this side of the street is the most dangerous ”on the wall of house No. 14 (the Germans fired at the city from the south) and the gloomy rusticated house of Wawelberg (No. 7-9), one of the most unusual buildings on Nevsky. Ahead is the Admiralty and the Alexander Garden: there you can only sit on a bench and look exclusively at the trees.
90,000 A Guards Alley appeared in Leskino in memory of the soldiers of the ski battalion – Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Guards Alley in memory of the soldiers of the ski battalion who died in an unequal battle on the Smolensk land, and the Alley of Memory of fellow countrymen who did not return from the war to Ryazan villages became a visible result invisible work carried out with the support of “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” in the year of the 75th anniversary of the Victory.
Job done: now 69 pines are green at the mass grave of the skiers-guards. Photo: Alexander Emelianenkov / RG
Eighteen young pines, eighteen name plates for them and a loaf from the Ryazan land surrounded by red-sided apples were greeted on Saturday, September 26 in the Smolensk village of Leskino, those who got here to take part in the final stage of the memorial action “Gardens Victory – YablokovSad “.
The guys from “Raid” are preparing another reconnaissance in Leskino to check new information from the old-timers.Photo: Alexander Emelianenkov / RG
To the left of the obelisk and the mass grave, from the side of the field, in the form of two soldiers’ letters-triangles for the third year in a row, 49 pines have been greening, planted immediately after the creation of a mass grave in this place. And on the right, from the side of the Petrovka River, on a free strip of land, it was decided to continue planting – in the hope that the number of trees will be equal to the number of dead and found by the search engines of the skibat fighters.
Pine trees with name plates, a loaf and apples were delivered to Leskino the day before – as a result of the relay race of the mirror event in the village of Petrushovo, Kasimovsky District, Ryazan Region, as we reported on September 27 in the report “Yablokov Garden became a garden of memory and hope.”
For three days, from Thursday to Saturday, in the native places of the twice Hero of the Soviet Union, pilot-cosmonaut Vladimir Aksenov, residents and townspeople who fell in love with this Ryazan region, without loud speeches and false pathos, planted personalized apple trees, pears, plums, cherries outside the outskirts , lilacs, thus paying tribute to the memory of the inhabitants of Petrushovo and neighboring villages who died during the war. And, at the same time, they helped in the development of their own public project YablokovSad.
About Yablokov The garden in Ryazan Petrushovo is now recognized in the Smolensk region.Photo: Alexander Emelianenkov / RG
It was from here, from the territory of an unusual garden on Ryazan land, that it was decided to “relocate” to the Smolensk region, to the mass grave in Leskino, 18 young pine trees in memory of 18 natives of the Ryazan region – warriors of the ski battalion 29- 1st Guards Division. Like many who died in that unequal battle on February 23-24, 1943, fighters with Ryazan roots were listed as missing for a long time. And only in the summer of 2014 – in the spring of 2015, the search engines from the “Raid” group were able to find and raise from deeply plowed craters and dugouts on the field near the village of Leskino the remains of the dead skier guardsmen.
Now at the obelisk in Leskino there is an officially registered military burial – there are 79 soldiers and commanders buried here. From personal items found along with the remains, with varying degrees of probability, we can talk about establishing the names of only 2-3 victims. But the list of the ski battalion at the time of the battle was found, and the fate of each individual soldier and commander was investigated according to primary documents. The guys from “Raid” and their friends, local historians, are striving for a monument to the soldiers of the ski battalion worthy of their sacrificial feat to be erected in Leskino.The administration of the district and the rural settlement is now ready to hand over a carefully verified list of all skier guards who can be considered dead in Leskino and immortalized here by name.
Deputy of the Smolensk Regional Assembly Sergei Bykov attaches the name plates sent from Kasimov. Photo: Alexander Emelyanenkov / RG
Head of the Municipal Formation “Gagarinskoye Rural Settlement” Yulia Chubareva supported this desire in a dialogue with search engines. And together with her fellow deputies, she promised to substantively consider the proposal.And the deputy of the Smolensk Regional Assembly, Sergei Bykov, who worked on an equal basis with everyone last Saturday at the mass grave in Leskino, recommended thinking about collecting documents for participation in the federal target program “Perpetuating the memory of those killed in the defense of the Fatherland for 2019-2024.”
Working dialogues went along with preparations for landing. Yulia and Oleg Chubarev arrived in Leskino with their young son, and a case was found for all three. Sergei Bykov attached nameplates to prepared pegs and, together with other broad-shouldered men, removed and rolled a heavy boulder from the middle of the designated alley to its beginning to make it the basis for a slab with the memorable date “February 23, 1943”.
When everything was agreed and marked out, 18 pines were in great demand. Search engines from Gagarin, residents of the neighboring villages Akatovo, Vorobyevo, Dolgoe, many with children, came to take part in the landing. The commander of the “Raid” Ruslan Lukashov, together with his friend and neighbor Oleg Shevtsov, set up a sign “Guards Alley” in a matter of minutes. It was promptly made as a gift for our action at the Gagarin enterprise “Mobile K”, which is headed by the deputy of the Gagarin District Duma Grigory Korablev.
Ruslan Lukashov and Oleg Shevtsov (Reid search group) preferred work to words. Photo: Alexander Emelianenkov / RG
Head of the Akatovsky branch of the regional library Lyudmila Gorynkova and her colleague Vera Zenkina, head of the House of Culture in the same Akatov, neatly cleaned up the mass grave itself under the temporary obelisk like a woman. They follow her from spring to autumn and come here regularly …
A loaf from Petrushovo, baked for transfer to Leskino, surrounded by 18 red-sided apples, patiently waited for everyone to see the completion of the work.And when the moment came to commemorate the dead, he was honestly divided into all – there was not even a crumb left! I am writing about this to say thank you and wish well to the headman of the village of Petrushovo Nikolai Mikhailovich Parshin, his craftswoman-wife and all their hard-working family.
Loaf and apples from Petrushov on the Smolensk land. Photo: Natalya Antipenko (PG “Raid”)
Two “reserve” pines, who arrived from the Ryazan region, also found names and caring hands. One in memory of his grandfather – the ski battalion commissar of the Guard Major Alexander Sokolov – was planted by his granddaughter Elena Evgenievna Kuznetsova, who came from Moscow with her son Ilya.As the most expensive relic, she brought with her the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st degree, which her grandfather was posthumously awarded.
Elena Evgenievna Kuznetsova brought the posthumous order of her grandfather to Leskino. Photo: Alexander Emelyanenkov / RG
The second pine tree was supplied with a nameplate and carefully poured water from Petrovka by Vladimir Konstantinov, the great-grandson of the Red Army guard Nikolai Russian. Laconic and hardworking, he was in Leskino that day for two – for himself and his uncle Nikolai Zhizhin.Nikolai Gennadievich had already arrived in Leskino, but this time he could not get out of St. Petersburg – he sent a letter by e-mail.
And it, read out on the Guards Alley between two soldiers’ letters-triangles, turned out to be very useful.
Major Sokolov, a Russian Red Army soldier and 18 Ryazan fighters were registered in one formation on the Guards Alley. Photo: Alexander Emelianenkov / RG
From the letter-appeal of Nikolai Zhizhin
I am sincerely glad that the feat of our grandfathers and fathers lives in the memory of many people.It is very important that there are active, active people among our contemporaries. Such as the respected Valentina Yakovlevna Klochkova, who did not let the history of the last battle of our ancestors disappear into oblivion.
And today – these are the soldiers of the “Raid” detachment, who have done a great job. They tracked down and raised the remains of the dead soldiers of the ski battalion. We got them buried near the place of death. They found, introduced and made friends us – descendants, landscaping the territories around the newly created mass grave …
Part of the “Victory Gardens” action, implemented on the battlefield in Leskino, was supported on Ryazan land: it was decided to plant 18 young pine trees in memory of 18 soldiers of the Ski Battalion , natives of the Ryazan region.