WeekendCaféShare: The War in Ukraine Got Me Thinking

Good Morning WCS’ers!  We have been following the horror in the Ukraine and our trip there in a few weeks has been dashed. We are really disappointed, who would have thought a war would be going on……… We are hoping to still get in Bulgaria and Romania, only time will tell……. Updated: Those countries have been cancelled as well!

This morning, we might as well take a big shot of vodka or something stiff……please join me with whatever your beverage of choice is.

All week I’ve thought about our previous trip to St Petersburg, Russia and our trips to Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. The Baltic countries were so different from Russia. The Russians kept to themselves and the guides kept to their scripts. There was no joy there…….I always felt an underlying tension, like the folks were holding back or afraid you might ask too many questions, they did not want to answer. So, they kept to their scripts. Also, all the guides were very young. More than likely, they spoke better English, and didn’t know too much of their history, as we know it. Or knew about it and did not want to talk about it. I couldn’t tell you if the older people spoke English, because we did not come in contact with the general population. Only, the guides that were assigned to us. Anyway, those are my thoughts on St Petersburg……we did visit The Hermitage ( where tourists were escorted right in, past the long, long, long line of Russian families waiting to get in) Then past the guards, that were surveilling us a good fifteen minutes before we were allowed up the first flight of stairs.  There was no mixing of the cultures, maybe due to the fact we were paying customers and they wanted us in and out, no lingering. I don’t know. Now, on to the Fabergé Museum Café, where I am sharing my vodka today. The Fabergé Museum is much smaller and there is a much more relaxed atmosphere. I want to showcase the Café today, not the fabulous eggs……..Ok, first, one fabulous egg!

The Faberge Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

But, now I want you to see the eggs in the cafe!

The Faberge Museum Cafe, St Petersburg, Russia

and more eggs……and pears or apples to eat……..fresh and chocolate.

The Faberge Museum Cafe, St Petersburg, Russia

Even the viewing case is egg shaped……

The Faberge Museum, Cafe, St Petersburg, Russia

And, the ceiling is too………the chandelier cups are in the shape of eggs too.

The Faberge Museum Cafe, St Petersburg, Russia

It was a fabulous little café, not too many takers though, for a nice chocolate egg and drink……but the entire experience in St Petersburg kept niggling at me.  When I got home, I decided to research further and decided on a book about a woman in history, that could enlighten me on the Soviet culture. It was Stalin’s Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan. I don’t think I have ever read a story about someone so tormented and pulled in every direction and without one spec of a rudder. I had no idea of her history or the fact that Stalin even had a daughter……..the book was an eye opener and also gave me a glimpse of the Russian people and how they may not want to get too excited about change or what that change may be. If you like history and want to try to make some sense of our world today and Russia, this may be as good a place to start as any. This weekend I will be praying for peace in the world.

Click on the highlighted text if you would like to learn more about our trip to Russia and the Fabergé Museum or the Hermitage Museum. And, if you would like to read about the Ballet.

To see what others are up to this weekend look for Natalie the Explorer!


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Jo Shafer says:

    I have a copy of that book, and have read it, with surprise and wonder over her upbringing. Perhaps I should read it again, but right now I’m more interested in Ukraine, especially the Jewish people experiencing a modern-day Passover into new and strange lands as they escape the horrors.

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  2. tgeriatrix says:

    We travelled along the Danube to Romania to the delta in 2019. We didn’t visit Ukraine then. Maybe we were tired…

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  3. Sheree says:

    Sorry to hear that your trip has been cancelled but it’s probably for the best.

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  4. I love the cafe but I’m glad you’re not going to be near the war zone. It’s terrible, that’s for sure. We’ve been trying to support groups that are helping there and helping those displaced but there’s so much help needed. I’m aware of the book but haven’t read it. I read that inside Russia because of government control of the media, many Russians think the war is justified, etc. No way for many of them to get the truth.


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    1. Janet, it was as different as night and day when visiting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Those folks just came out with it telling us about their lives under the Russian Occupation and their work to gain their freedom……..I had no idea any of that took place. I think it all fell into place when we visited some of the churches and they said the churches had been shut down and went on from there. There biggest complaint in all the countries was that Russian workers had been brought in with their families to work and then the Russian government could always fall back on the premise that the Russians were treated badly and the Russians needed to come in and make things right. The same line they are using in the Ukraine……..We heard the same stories in Albania……None of those countries miss the Old Soviet Union. And I bet Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are thinking they are next again…..It is awful!

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      1. That’s why Russia has to try to control the narrative, because everyone who’s been under their rule knows the truth. Just like East and West Berlin/Germany. People don’t risk their lives escaping from a place that treats them well and that they love.


  5. restlessjo says:

    It’s all just sad, sad, sad! How can you bemoan the lack of travel opportunity? These people are on their knees and it hurts to watch. 🤥💕

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    1. Yes, that is me this week, bemoanen.


      1. restlessjo says:

        Happy Easter 🤗💟


      2. Hope you’re eating all those good treats today!


      3. restlessjo says:

        Red wine and hot dog, so far. Not very traditional 🤣💕


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