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Christmas 2010 in Russia

Christmas 2010 in Russia

A well earned family break to our second home in St. Petersburg; initially in the city the weather and light were not too kind this trip, but I did manage to get out and brave the ice and snow a few times.  A five hour train journey took us to Veliky Novgorod (Великий Новгород) a little to the south and west of St. Petersburg.  This city with a walled Kremlin is one of Russia’s most historic cities and it lies along the Volkov river  just below its outflow from Lake Ilmen.

Wood carvings in the post office

Image of an era past

Christmas in St. Petersburg

Christmas in St. Petersburg

12th Century Bronze Doors of St. Sopia, Novgorod

12th Century Bronze Doors of St. Sophia, Novgorod

St. Sophia, Novgorod

St. Sophia, Novgorod

View of St. Sophia from outside the Kremlin, Novgorod

View of St. Sophia from outside the Kremlin, Novgorod

View of St. Sophia & River from outside the Kremlin, Novgorod

View of St. Sophia & River from outside the Kremlin, Novgorod

Novgorod Church

Novgorod Church

View of the St. Sophia and Kremlin at night

View of the St. Sophia and Kremlin at night

B&W Image of St. Sopia

B&W Image of St. Sophia

Corporate Event – Duxford

Corporate Event – Duxford

CSR held their annual Christmas event this year at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, the event included dinner, live band, dancing and presentations.  I covered the event, but before the guests arrived, I first had chance to browse the exhibition, which includes ‘AirSpace’, the story of British and Commonwealth aviation which played a major role in aircraft development since the early pioneering days.

Some of the aircraft include Concorde, Sunderland, de Havilland Comet4, Hawker Hunter, Canberra, Lancaster, Spitfire, Avro Anson, Lightening, Victor and Vulcan.  The venue was spectacularly lit for the event, it was really wonderful being amongst the aircraft in such a large space with 1940’s music really adding to the atmosphere.

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

 

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Bass & Drums (well the cymbal)

 

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Buddy Holly esq, making the night swing

 

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Group shot from the gallery

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

 

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

 

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010

Duxford Imperial War Museum Christmas 2010