We were only allowed to take photos in one room of RNL, so I don't have too much to show. It was a beautiful library; floor to ceiling books and tons of shelves everywhere. We even got to see Voltaire's personal library, which was purchased by Catherine the Great. She seemed to take being a fan to a new level. While Voltaire was alive, she corresponded with him on a regular basis, though they never met. When he died, she bought his entire library and also ordered a replica of his house be built. Wow.
|National Library of Russia|
- They shelve their books according to size
- They have a card catalog. Only the Russian language books are in an online catalog. That's a lot of cards.
- At the moment there are no plans to make the entire catalog online
- They have the first Hebrew Bible written on paper (or was it parchment?)
- Voltaire's library= awesome. How did he have time to read over 2,000 books?
- The shelves have steps and handles built in to reach the top shelf
The librarian was not optimistic about bringing the library into the digital age. She said there is not enough money or any plans at all about making their catalog digital. Same was said for other parts of the library, such as manuscripts and other documents.
After that sad, yet beautiful, tour, we stopped for lunch at a little cafe. It was yummy to the max.
|Lunch: Syrniki is the pie looking thing in the back, and in|
front is cabbage piroshky.
Once we were fueled and ready to go, the group split up. Part went to check out some used book stores, but I went with a group to the Russian Museum. It was amazing! So many artists I have never seen before.
On our way back from the museum some of us stopped in a grocery store. I bought plenty of chocolate! I think I might have to get more, though. I'm getting a little hungry....
And speaking of hungry, for dinner 5 of us went to a little place called Soviet Cafe. It was super delicious. Once again, I was too busy eating to take pictures. I had a mushroom soup that was fantastic, and also a pelmeni-esk dish. It was a wonton-like wrapper stuffed with vegetables and then fried. I quite enjoyed it. Everyone tried each other's food, and each dish was great. And to top it all of, there was a soviet movie playing in the corner.
The sound was off, and even if it were on we would not be able to understand it, so we made up our own plot. It was hilarious, but you probably had to be there.
|It's kind of small, but there is a red sign that says|