Pavlovsk Palace: Not so Much a Palace as a “Home, Sweet Home” of Russian Emperors

The Greek Hall of the Pavlovsk Palace, Pavlovsk, Russia.

The Greek Hall of the Pavlovsk Palace, Pavlovsk, Russia.

On September 3, 1941, the first Nazi tank was entering Pavlovsk from the west. The last Soviet tank was leaving the city, desperately shooting back with covering fire for three trucks. There were a driver and a woman in a lilac beret in the last truck. She was carrying a treasure that an uninformed person could have mistaken for a pile of garbage, just junk. But she knew better. She was sure the Pavlovsk Palace would be demolished by Nazis. She was also sure she would come back with Russian tanks, retake the former residence of Russian emperors and empress, and restore it down to the smallest detail. And this “garbage” would help her to do it.

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Are You 50+ and an Actor at Heart? Visit the Venetian Carnival!

The Venetian Carnival dress of Irina. Venice, Italy.

Irina’s Venetian Carnival dress. Venice, Italy.

A carnival and Venice. Two words—two miracles. While any carnival is a wonderful event, the city of Venice is a wonder on its own. Yes, this lady is demanding to your wallet. But you are 50+, you worked hard for most of your life, and your financial advisor will not commit suicide if you spend 3-4 thousand Euro to realize your lifelong dream: to play a role in a show where you are the director, costume designer, sponsor, and superstar. The venue of the show is Italy, the theater is Venice, the stage is the city streets.

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Eternal Challenge on Fihalhohi Island, the Maldives

The beach of Fihalhohi Island Resort, the Maldives.

The beach of Fihalhohi Island Resort, the Maldives.

To choose a Maldives island for vacation is very simple, isn’t it? Just use a Maldives resorts map. You are sure every island is a small part of one big universally recognized paradise. However, it is not really like that. I would like to share the information that we had not found online in preparing for our trip to Fihalhohi Island.

Well, let’s start again: to choose a Maldives island for vacation is very simple, if your only criteria are palm trees and gold beaches in “Bounty” style. Take any island. Oh, you want more, do you? Perhaps the rich and living coral reef? For a reasonable price, this mix is impossible on the Maldives.

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