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Wine bar & store “Le Tour de Vin” in SPB

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Today I’m going to tell you about a new place in St. Petersburg created for people who truly appreciate wine. In the end of February I was invited to take a look and meet the owner of “Le Tour de Vin”, a wine bar and store. Though you have to agree, the name is pretty much self-explanatory.

Adress: Bolshaya Konuyshennaya st., 2. 
Work hours:  from 12.00 to last guest 
Price: from 700 rub. to 10 000 rub per bottle, from 140 to 300 rub. per glass.
Discounts and special offers: daytime discount on all menu; loyal customer 30% discount card, given only to regular customers. The wine store within Le Tour de Vin allows for 50% reduction in price for takeaway. 
Music: live piano performance on Fridays and Saturdays from 20:00 to 22:00. A very nice playlist for all other times, although a tad loud. 
Additional info: Wi-Fi connection (I checked). Artificial light, the bar can host 20 to 25 people, perfect for small gatherings and wine tasting. 

SO, WHAT IS IT LIKE?

Le Tour de Vin, as one of the owners and creators Nikolay Filippov told me, opened its doors to visitors in June 2014. Just being there gives you this local family business vibe. It resides in a small cozy basement space located on one of the biggest streets of St. Petersburg. Here, in the heart of the city the wine bar is maintaining a friendly attitude towards every single guest, meaning to recreate the cozy french cafes that were the inspiration for Le Tour de Vin.

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Visual Diaries: A Day in Geneva

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In retrospect, I believe there was no more wallet-draining moment to choose for a russian resident to visit Geneva than this February of 2015.  Let’s just say that budget trips and Switzerland are two things that don’t mix well. But I fell in love with Geneva anyway.

When I used to be a kid, mom and I used to travel together a lot. So we ended up going to this winter retreat together, through Geneva towards skiing in La Chapelle D’Abondance in France. While in Geneva, I was playing the part of a tourist photographer falling behind to take yet another awesome-to-be picture. I guess, this is why my mom is walking ahead in most of these shots. Actually, I’m happy with how organic and non-staged they look: my own little “follow us around for a day in Geneva” project.

Geneva turned out to be a wonderfully picturesque city by the lake, near the mountans, with beautiful tall buildings meant for banks, high end stores, restaurants and other credible venues. Every building you look at has a brand name on top of it. By evening time, they all lit up beautifully creating this memorable image of a proud and business-like city. Ironically, the only partially non-functional sign board I could see was that of the Zenith watches with russian origin. I think the irony of this fact struck me enough to mention this circumstantial joke to at least three people.

When we landed in Geneva Airport I was disappointed and disapproving of all the ruckus going on, skiis all over the floors, hoards of people at the baggage claim, making it hard to manuever with suitcases. After being used to landing at Schiphol Airport and going through customs within 5 minutes of exiting the plane, it’s hard to face so much confusion in a place you thought should always be proper. We settled at a small very low budget F1 hotel 30 minutes by bus outside of Geneva, on french territory in Ferney Voltaire, which was at a considerabely lower price than any hotel in Geneva itself.

The very next day we departed bright and early into the city where we did some sightseeing. I ended up seeing Geneva as a highly photogenic city and a wonderful place to spend money, when you have loads of it, of course. But even for a money-less student, Geneva was so beautiful: the crystal clear water of the lake, the swans gliding effortlessly, the streets empty and the church bells ringing at 10 in the morning. I saw the fountain for the first time peeking behind the buildings as we stood on the view point in the old city center.

I went on this trip thinking I’d find out some wonderful local hangout spots to recommend, but my recommendation list is pretty scarce this time. All I can tell you, french grocery shops are to die for – I’ve never seen such wide ranges of products anywhere. From cheese, to meat, fish, and so much more. The only swiss grocery shop I’ve been to is the delicatessen on the zero floor of Globus, just walking around which makes you want to say, “Shut up and take my money”.

The one day in Geneva on our way to the skii resort, we ended up having lunch in the city center’s Chez Ma Cousine which was recommended on TripAdvisor along with the chicken plate menu that came with a side salad and fries for the price of 15 swiss francs. It was filling, it was nice, it was food – I couldn’t say much else.

On our way back home we spent another day in Geneva and walked around the mentioned above Globus. When I got hungry and tired of making circles around the building in search for affordable food, I went all out in the cafes within Globus. One of the 5 options aside from burgers or seafood stands, a wine bar, an ice cream and dessert stand turned out to be asian food, including wok, japanese sushi sets with such huge prices (nothing like I’ve ever seen before in my life, at least not for sushi), and simple rice with 12 shrimps and a bottle of Sprite which ridded me of the remaining 22 francs I posessed.

It was hella good though. The sauce and the rice made me recall this amazing taste I must have felt once before in my life, because, boy, it was amazing. How good can a simple plate of rice get? Funny enough, I do not regret any money spent. It was good food.

I loved visiting Geneva very much and I’ll be glad to go back and do all the things I didn’t get to do today. To turn window-shopping into real shopping, indulge in exploring all the ins and outs of the city, enjoying the warm weather and shooting outfits in beautiful and stunning surroundings. I hope you get the same urge to visit when you see all the pictures I’ve taken.

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Valentine’s gift ideas for her

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1. Wishful Thinking Soft Bra
2. Benefit Candy Coated Countdown Set
3. Stories in the Stars: An Atlas of Constellations
4. Wireless Bamboo Keyboard
5. China Book Vase
6. Two Night Hotel Break in UK
7. Moo Business Cards or Gift Card
8. Pixel Heart Heat Changing Mug

Hey all! I’m back today with the second post of the Valentine’s Gift Guide series! And this time I’m talking about Valentines gift ideas for her, your one and only girlfriend. Now, if you’re a girl and you’re reading this guide, all the better for you! You (just as most girls, including me) know what are the things you really wanna have, although sometimes you’re lacking the resources to get that stuff. Here’s where the guys come in. They’re resourceful, kind, and generally awesome gift givers, when you tell them exactly what you want. And guys, while your girlfriend might have told you what she wanted to get, sometimes our hints can be not very direct, yet completely obvious to ourselves. So if you’re in a pinch, imagine what your girlfriend would say about these gifts, and if you think she’d be happy, go for it!

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Cozy Love Story Photoshoot

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Cozy love story photoshoot: reading together on the couch
Happy Friday, you guys! Today I’m sharing with you a cozy Love Story photoshoot I did about two weeks ago. When I was discussing the idea with Ksenia, I came up with this moodboard. The idea was to do a cozy close and personal love story, that was sweet, gentle, and with natural light. For clothes we came up with knit cardigans we grabbed in H&M, a simple country-style casual dress and thick patterned woolen socks. St. Petersburg has lots of photostudios with different props and styles, so we looked for that beige-cozy feel and were lucky to get to shoot with the New Year’s ornaments in place to make a beautiful blurry background.

I love the idea of a couple’s photoshoot because many couples (and me and Martijn included) don’t have many, if at all, professional photos with each other. So, when the folks ask for pictures, you just keep on browsing through selfies, and those usually don’t have the right touch. And since recently I finished creating the english version of my portfolio website meant solely for my photoshoots (check it here: photo.taleofthegreat.com), filling it with cool photographs such as this shoot is bringing me so much joy! I am still working on the russian version of the website, but in the meanwhile, I’m sure you’ll find it interesting to browse and look through.

So, here’s where you guys, my readers, come in. I’d love to hear what you think about the photoshoot and was it at all similar to the moodboard we discussed prior to the shoot. So don’t hesitate to leave comments down below and let me know what you think! Scroll down for the rest of the pictures.

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What to get your boyfriend for Valentine’s day?

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What to get your boyfriend for Valentine's day
1. DANIEL WELLINGTON SILVER FACED WATCH WITH BLUE BAND
2. STAR WARS DEATH STAR CERAMIC COOKIE JAR
3. ISOTONER QUILTED NYLON TECH GLOVES
4. STAR WARS: A GALACTIC POP-UP ADVENTURE
5. LACOSTE PERFUME FOR MEN
6. HEBREW COCA-COLA BURNOUT TEE
7. NOTHING (FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING)
8. DANIELLE MOUSTACHE MANICURE SET
9. WOOL BLEND PLAID SCARF
10. STAR WARS R2-D2 EGG CUP
11. DRINK A DIAMOND GLASS SET
12. FERRARI DRIVING EXPERIENCE

My attachment to Valentine’s Day as a couple’s celebration is quite new. Being in a long-distance relationship ever since I got into university doesn’t help with celebrating it together. When I think about it, Valentine’s Day is that day of the year when plane tickets are overpriced, and the restaurants are booked, and this day is one grand consumer celebration of all the things we can buy. Even so, I don’t have a problem with that because I like buying gifts and getting them myself. For me, any reason for getting a gift or giving a gift is awesome, and I won’t overlook it. Of course, that entitles people like me to have some kind of a gift budget in the corner of our bank vaults.

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