Saint Petersburg, Russia

On the Trail of "Crime and Punishment"


Yellow Crime Place
The lobby of the building where the floor of pawnbroker Alyona Ivanovna was located.
Dostoyevsky's home
The building of one of the apartments in which Fyodor Dostoyevsky lived in St. Petersburg
last steps
Staircase to the door of pawnbroker Alyona Ivanovna.
apparent persecution
A figure from a work by Dostoevsky seems to follow behind a female passenger at the Dostoievskaya metro station in Moscow.
Boredom Watcher
Guard of the Dostoyevsky house-museum
suspect figure
A figure walks along the street in front of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's last house.
Witnesses to the Crime
Couple pass by a mural painting in homage to Dostoievski and his work, at Dostoievskaya station in Moscow.
In Honor of Raskolnikov
Monument that marks what Dostoevsky described as the house of Rodion Raskolnikov.
One of the Doors
Entrance to the floor that Dostoyevsky designated as the pawnbroker Alyona Ivanovna's house
The Tomb of the Author
Monument to Dostoyevsky on his grave in Tikhvin Cemetery.
Tomb of Dostoevsky and Tchaikovsky
Indications for the tombs of Dostoyevsky and Tchaikovsky in Tikhvin Cemetery
more suspects
Figures in the Vladimirskaya area, near Fyodor Dostoyevsky's last house.
A kind of hiding place
Passerby sheltered from the cold at a metro entrance in Vladimirskaya.
In St. Petersburg, we cannot resist investigating the inspiration for the base characters in Fyodor Dostoevsky's most famous novel: his own pities and the miseries of certain fellow citizens.

We round the corner of Srednaya Podyacheskaya Street and Ekateringovsky Avenue and come to a grocery store.

A woman in her fifties with a package of groceries in her arms climbs three steps. We wait for it to reach the ground level and, even crushed by the eccentricity of the Russian dialect, we interrogate it in a confused but obstinate way. “Dostoevsky?

? Sun?" (Russian phonetics for home). The lady recruits two other pawns. Dialogue evolves into conference and clogs up the ride. We repeat the sign of the lethal ax, the pivotal moment of the novel.

The last of the interlocutors, distracted or less informed, turns us around. "Raskolnikov or Rasputin?" it asks us with a distinct mimicry of murder. We reiterate Raskolnikov.

We had already walked dozens of kilometers in St. Petersburg. We assumed that one or two more wouldn't make a dent and went the way we'd been led to believe. Fifteen minutes later, without energy, we enter a mini-market and restock our kefir.

We took the opportunity to question employees in the Caucasus. These, more convinced than the previous group, send us back.

We took an alternative route along the Ekaterininsky canal until we caught a glimpse of a guide on a tourist boat pointing to the building next to the grocery store door from which we had departed 40 minutes ago. That outstretched arm proved to be a savior.

We crossed the bridge and found a half-open gate. On the other side of a tunnel full of rubbish bins, we unveil a broad lobby made up of old yellow buildings.

It seemed to fit the descriptions in the novel.

On the Crime and Punishment Trail, St. Petersburg, Russia, house Alyona Ivanovna

The lobby of the building where the floor of pawnbroker Alyona Ivanovna was located.

We see a Russian couple who we feel share our demand. They speak English enough: “We are from Volgograd. Portuguese around here? It's amazing how a man who was so despised and mistreated in the Russia thus conquered the world.

Finally, the House of Alyona Ivanovna, the Victim of “Crime and Punishment”

Look, I think we hit the right place. This poem scrawled here on the wall is either by Dostoevsky or dedicated to him, the letters are very much gone. It's already night, we're leaving. Nice to meet you".

We are not satisfied. We ring the bells. Probably fed up with the unannounced visitors, even when they hear the keywords Dostoevsky and Alyona Ivanovna do any of the residents authorize us to enter.

With the persistence of pit bulls literary, we called Alexei Kravchenko – a friend we have in town – we put the cell phone to the intercom and let him resolve the situation.

They open the door for us in three times. We went up to the floor where the pawnbroker must have lived. There, we open the fogged window that illuminates the staircase and recreate the intoxicated view that Raskolnikov had after killing her with an ax.

On the Crime and Punishment trail, St. Petersburg, Russia, stairs of Alyona Ivanovna's house

Staircase to the door of pawnbroker Alyona Ivanovna.

They still don't answer from the supposed apartment. Thus, we put an end to that first day of investigation and return to the streets of Sennaya, which both the writer and the characters have traveled over and over again.

Fyodor Dostoevsky's Life Shortly Shortened

And yet Fyodor Dostoevsky was born in Moscow. Moved to St. Petersburg from alexander pushkin very young, with the duty of graduating from an institute of military engineering.

But, as his colleague Konstantin Tutovsky summed it up, "there was no other student in the academy with a less military attitude than Dostoevsky."

He was interested in philosophy, politics, the books in general. In 1844, he completely abdicated his militia post to devote himself only to writing. In the years that followed, his career remained as shaky as his health, both crippled by recurrent epileptic fits.

On the trail of Crime and Punishment-St. Petersburg, Russia, Metro

A figure from a work by Dostoevsky seems to follow behind a female passenger at the Dostoievskaya metro station in Moscow.

During this period, he began a tour of housing in zones other than Peter (a diminutive given by the inhabitants to St. Petersburg), shared with companions such as Belinsky, with whom he fell out for being a believer in Russian religious orthodoxy and his former friend, increasingly atheist.

The worst chapter of her life was to come. Destitute but irreverent, Dostoevsky joined the Petrashevsky socio-Christian circle founded by two other writer friends who called for social reform in Russia.

The interventions of this circle reached the ears of Tsar Nicholas I, who suffered from a paranoid fear of a new revolution suggested by the Decembrist Revolt of 1825.

Not sure how, at age 28, Dostoevsky found himself first imprisoned in Peter and Paul's fortress, months later sentenced to death. At the very moment of his execution, a letter from the tsar revoked the sentence which he replaced by an exile in Siberia, followed by compulsory military service.

On the Crime and Punishment trail, St. Petersburg, Russia, Vladimirskaya

Figures in the Vladimirskaya area, near Fyodor Dostoyevsky's last house.

From Almost Certain Death to Celebrity

Upon release, Dostoevsky published “House of the Dead Memories” based on his experience in exile. He made his acquaintances in high literary society and obtained the hand of the much wealthier Maria Dmitrievna Isaeva. Despite the couple's incompatibility, fate seemed to smile on her.

Also free from military service due to poor physical condition, he recovered the publication of works. He gathered money for travel in Western Europe where he hastened to disdain capitalism, social modernity, materialism, Catholicism and Protestantism. Addicted to the game, he lost almost all his money in Germany and was inspired to create "The player".

He returned to St. Petersburg and remarried a secretary he had hired.

From then on, Dostoevsky's fate went through desperate attempts to pay off debts and, finally, a growing public recognition, overshadowed by exiles in the drier parts of Russia, sorts of climatic remedies for an imminent death that was announced at 59 years old.

Other Relevant Whereabouts of Dostoevsky's Life

His last home is now a museum. We find it easily from Vladimirskaya Metro station.

On the Crime and Punishment Trail, St. Petersburg-Russia, Dostoyevsky Museum

A figure walks along the street in front of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's last house.

A few meters from the exit, a black statue displays a Dostoevsky probing the dark corners of passersby's minds. We challenge you for a moment. Soon, we cut to your old home.

Inside, the intact rooms are guarded by elderly women, themselves hostages to the psychological misery that Dostoevsky perpetuated.

We feel them revolted by their hollow crafts, given over to obsessive watchmen or sitting next to the unique comfort of oil heaters, watching life slip away from them outside.

On the trail of Crime and Punishment, St. Petersburg, Russia, Dostoievsky Museum

Guard of the Dostoyevsky house-museum

Among objects and photographs of Fyodor's life and work, we find a small figure of Napoleon. The statuette brings us back to Rodion Raskolnikov.

Dostoevsky unveils us in “Crime and Punishment” that the French general was the ideal and historical justification for the crime. “Who here in Russia doesn't consider himself a Napoleon? A true holder of power” Raskolnikov justifies Porfiry Petrovich.

We return to Sennaya and seek the executioner's lair, when we are victims of that arrogance. There, on Stolyarni Street, a kind of niche celebrates the macabre character.

On the Crime and Punishment Trail, St. Petersburg, Russia, Raskolnikov House

Monument that marks what Dostoevsky described as the house of Rodion Raskolnikov.

We're hoping someone will open the patio door to your house so we can get inside. An old lady arrives and throws us a cannot without appeal. A second does the same, even more abruptly. All babushkas bar us from passing.

Until, after 20 freezing minutes, a fearful old man asks us in Russian but lets us see that, besides the symbolism of the site, there wasn't much to see there.

In the following days, we continued on the path to other key places in the author and the novel. We do a visit-homage to your final address in the cemetery elitist from Tikhvin, then wrapped in a dazzling autumn shroud.

On the trail of Crime and Punishment, St. Petersburg, Russia, tomb, Dostoievsky

Indications for the tombs of Dostoyevsky and Tchaikovsky in Tikhvin Cemetery

At intervals, even the absorbed reader identifies the worst incidents of Dostoevsky's epic-tragic life with the supreme martyrdoms suffered by Raskolnikov.

As a reward, many thousands of admirers attended the funeral of the first.

As we witness in vegetable shades of yellow, the writer who sublimated the volatility of stray minds lies in the company of great Russian personalities.

On the trail of Crime and Punishment, St. Petersburg, Russia, Dostoevsky's Tomb

Monument to Dostoyevsky on his grave in Tikhvin Cemetery.

As strange as it continues to seem, it is also worshiped around the world.

Saint Petersburg e Mikhaylovkoe, Russia

The Writer Who Succumbed to His Own Plot

Alexander Pushkin is hailed by many as the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. But Pushkin also dictated an almost tragicomic epilogue to his prolific life.
Big Sur, USA

The Coast of All Refuges

Over 150km, the Californian coast is subjected to a vastness of mountains, ocean and fog. In this epic setting, hundreds of tormented souls follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac and Henri Miller.
Upolu, Samoa

Stevenson's Treasure Island

At age 30, the Scottish writer began looking for a place to save him from his cursed body. In Upolu and the Samoans, he found a welcoming refuge to which he gave his heart and soul.
Rostov Veliky, Russia

Under the Domes of the Russian Soul

It is one of the oldest and most important medieval cities, founded during the still pagan origins of the nation of the tsars. At the end of the XNUMXth century, incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Moscow, it became an imposing center of orthodox religiosity. Today, only the splendor of kremlin Muscovite trumps the citadel of tranquil and picturesque Rostov Veliky.
Key West, United States

Hemingway's Caribbean Playground

Effusive as ever, Ernest Hemingway called Key West "the best place I've ever been...". In the tropical depths of the contiguous US, he found evasion and crazy, drunken fun. And the inspiration to write with intensity to match.
Novgorod, Russia

Mother Russia's Viking Grandmother

For most of the past century, the USSR authorities have omitted part of the origins of the Russian people. But history leaves no room for doubt. Long before the rise and supremacy of the tsars and the soviets, the first Scandinavian settlers founded their mighty nation in Novgorod.
Saint Petersburg, Russia

When the Russian Navy Stations in Saint Petersburg

Russia dedicates the last Sunday of July to its naval forces. On that day, a crowd visits large boats moored on the Neva River as alcohol-drenched sailors seize the city.
Suzdal, Russia

The Suzdal Cucumber Celebrations

With summer and warm weather, the Russian city of Suzdal relaxes from its ancient religious orthodoxy. The old town is also famous for having the best cucumbers in the nation. When July arrives, it turns the newly harvested into a real festival.
Suzdal, Russia

Thousand Years of Old Fashioned Russia

It was a lavish capital when Moscow was just a rural hamlet. Along the way, it lost political relevance but accumulated the largest concentration of churches, monasteries and convents in the country of the tsars. Today, beneath its countless domes, Suzdal is as orthodox as it is monumental.
Solovetsky Islands, Russia

The Mother Island of the Gulag Archipelago

It hosted one of Russia's most powerful Orthodox religious domains, but Lenin and Stalin turned it into a gulag. With the fall of the USSR, Solovestky regains his peace and spirituality.
Goiás Velho, Brazil

The Life and Work of a Marginal Writer

Born in Goiás, Ana Lins Bretas spent most of her life far from her castrating family and the city. Returning to its origins, it continued to portray the prejudiced mentality of the Brazilian countryside
Okavango Delta, Not all rivers reach the sea, Mokoros
Safari
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Not all rivers reach the sea

Third longest river in southern Africa, the Okavango rises in the Angolan Bié plateau and runs 1600km to the southeast. It gets lost in the Kalahari Desert where it irrigates a dazzling wetland teeming with wildlife.
Hikers on the Ice Lake Trail, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 7th - Braga - Ice Lake, Nepal,

Annapurna Circuit – The Painful Acclimatization of the Ice Lake

On the way up to the Ghyaru village, we had a first and unexpected show of how ecstatic the Annapurna Circuit can be tasted. Nine kilometers later, in Braga, due to the need to acclimatize, we climbed from 3.470m from Braga to 4.600m from Lake Kicho Tal. We only felt some expected tiredness and the increase in the wonder of the Annapurna Mountains.
Traditional houses, Bergen, Norway.
Architecture & Design
Bergen, Norway

The Great Hanseatic Port of Norway

Already populated in the early 1830th century, Bergen became the capital, monopolized northern Norwegian commerce and, until XNUMX, remained one of the largest cities in Scandinavia. Today, Oslo leads the nation. Bergen continues to stand out for its architectural, urban and historical exuberance.
Adventure
Boat Trips

For Those Becoming Internet Sick

Hop on and let yourself go on unmissable boat trips like the Philippine archipelago of Bacuit and the frozen sea of ​​the Finnish Gulf of Bothnia.
Correspondence verification
Ceremonies and Festivities
Rovaniemi, Finland

From the Finnish Lapland to the Arctic. A Visit to the Land of Santa

Fed up with waiting for the bearded old man to descend down the chimney, we reverse the story. We took advantage of a trip to Finnish Lapland and passed through its furtive home.
Street Bar, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, United States
Cities
Las Vegas, USA

The Sin City Cradle

The famous Strip has not always focused the attention of Las Vegas. Many of its hotels and casinos replicated the neon glamor of the street that once stood out, Fremont Street.
Obese resident of Tupola Tapaau, a small island in Western Samoa.
Meal
Tonga, Western Samoa, Polynesia

XXL Pacific

For centuries, the natives of the Polynesian islands subsisted on land and sea. Until the intrusion of colonial powers and the subsequent introduction of fatty pieces of meat, fast food and sugary drinks have spawned a plague of diabetes and obesity. Today, while much of Tonga's national GDP, Western Samoa and neighbors is wasted on these “western poisons”, fishermen barely manage to sell their fish.
Culture
Markets

A Market Economy

The law of supply and demand dictates their proliferation. Generic or specific, covered or open air, these spaces dedicated to buying, selling and exchanging are expressions of life and financial health.
4th of July Fireworks-Seward, Alaska, United States
Sport
Seward, Alaska

The Longest 4th of July

The independence of the United States is celebrated, in Seward, Alaska, in a modest way. Even so, the 4th of July and its celebration seem to have no end.
Seljalandsfoss Escape
Traveling
Iceland

The Island of Fire, Ice and Waterfalls

Europe's supreme cascade rushes into Iceland. But it's not the only one. On this boreal island, with constant rain or snow and in the midst of battle between volcanoes and glaciers, endless torrents crash.
Peasant woman, Majuli, Assam, India
Ethnic
Majuli Island, India

An Island in Countdown

Majuli is the largest river island in India and would still be one of the largest on Earth were it not for the erosion of the river Bramaputra that has been making it diminish for centuries. If, as feared, it is submerged within twenty years, more than an island, a truly mystical cultural and landscape stronghold of the Subcontinent will disappear.
portfolio, Got2Globe, Travel photography, images, best photographs, travel photos, world, Earth
Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
Portfolio Got2globe

The Best in the World – Got2Globe Portfolio

Registration Square, Silk Road, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
History
Samarkand, Uzbequistan

A Monumental Legacy of the Silk Road

In Samarkand, cotton is the most traded commodity and Ladas and Chevrolets have replaced camels. Today, instead of caravans, Marco Polo would find Uzbekistan's worst drivers.
Principe Island, São Tomé and Principe
Islands
Príncipe, São Tomé and Principe

Journey to the Noble Retreat of Príncipe Island

150 km of solitude north of the matriarch São Tomé, the island of Príncipe rises from the deep Atlantic against an abrupt and volcanic mountain-covered jungle setting. Long enclosed in its sweeping tropical nature and a contained but moving Luso-colonial past, this small African island still houses more stories to tell than visitors to listen to.
Passengers on the frozen surface of the Gulf of Bothnia, at the base of the "Sampo" icebreaker, Finland
Winter White
Kemi, Finland

It's No "Love Boat". Breaks the Ice since 1961

Built to maintain waterways through the most extreme arctic winter, the icebreaker Sampo” fulfilled its mission between Finland and Sweden for 30 years. In 1988, he reformed and dedicated himself to shorter trips that allow passengers to float in a newly opened channel in the Gulf of Bothnia, in clothes that, more than special, seem spacey.
Almada Negreiros, Roça Saudade, Sao Tome
Literature
Saudade, São Tomé, São Tomé and Principe

Almada Negreiros: From Saudade to Eternity

Almada Negreiros was born in April 1893, on a farm in the interior of São Tomé. Upon discovering his origins, we believe that the luxuriant exuberance in which he began to grow oxygenated his fruitful creativity.
Nature
unmissable roads

Great Routes, Great Trips

With pompous names or mere road codes, certain roads run through really sublime scenarios. From Road 66 to the Great Ocean Road, they are all unmissable adventures behind the wheel.
Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
Autumn
Yerevan, Armenia

A Capital between East and West

Heiress of the Soviet civilization, aligned with the great Russia, Armenia allows itself to be seduced by the most democratic and sophisticated ways of Western Europe. In recent times, the two worlds have collided in the streets of your capital. From popular and political dispute, Yerevan will dictate the new course of the nation.
Dominican Republic, Bahia de Las Águilas Beach, Pedernales. Jaragua National Park, Beach
Natural Parks
Lagoa Oviedo a Bahia de las Águilas, Dominican Republic

In Search of the Immaculate Dominican Beach

Against all odds, one of the most unspoiled Dominican coastlines is also one of the most remote. Discovering the province of Pedernales, we are dazzled by the semi-desert Jaragua National Park and the Caribbean purity of Bahia de las Águilas.
Traveler above Jökursarlón icy lagoon, Iceland
UNESCO World Heritage
Jökursarlón Lagoon, Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland

The Faltering of Europe's King Glacier

Only in Greenland and Antarctica are glaciers comparable to Vatnajökull, the supreme glacier of the old continent. And yet, even this colossus that gives more meaning to the term ice land is surrendering to the relentless siege of global warming.
female and cub, grizzly footsteps, katmai national park, alaska
Characters
PN Katmai, Alaska

In the Footsteps of the Grizzly Man

Timothy Treadwell spent summers on end with the bears of Katmai. Traveling through Alaska, we followed some of its trails, but unlike the species' crazy protector, we never went too far.
Drums and Tattoos
Beaches
Tahiti, French Polynesia

Tahiti Beyond the Cliché

Neighbors Bora Bora and Maupiti have superior scenery but Tahiti has long been known as paradise and there is more life on the largest and most populous island of French Polynesia, its ancient cultural heart.
Religion
Helsinki, Finland

The Pagan Passover of Seurasaari

In Helsinki, Holy Saturday is also celebrated in a Gentile way. Hundreds of families gather on an offshore island, around lit fires to chase away evil spirits, witches and trolls
Train Fianarantsoa to Manakara, Malagasy TGV, locomotive
On Rails
Fianarantsoa-Manakara, Madagascar

On board the Malagasy TGV

We depart Fianarantsoa at 7a.m. It wasn't until 3am the following morning that we completed the 170km to Manakara. The natives call this almost secular train Train Great Vibrations. During the long journey, we felt, very strongly, those of the heart of Madagascar.
Bright bus in Apia, Western Samoa
Society
Samoa  

In Search of the Lost Time

For 121 years, it was the last nation on Earth to change the day. But Samoa realized that his finances were behind him and, in late 2012, he decided to move back west on the LID - International Date Line.
Casario, uptown, Fianarantsoa, ​​Madagascar
Daily life
Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

The Malagasy City of Good Education

Fianarantsoa was founded in 1831 by Ranavalona Iª, a queen of the then predominant Merina ethnic group. Ranavalona Iª was seen by European contemporaries as isolationist, tyrant and cruel. The monarch's reputation aside, when we enter it, its old southern capital remains as the academic, intellectual and religious center of Madagascar.
PN Tortuguero, Costa Rica, public boat
Wildlife
PN Tortuguero, Costa Rica

The Flooded Costa Rica of Tortuguero

The Caribbean Sea and the basins of several rivers bathe the northeast of the Tica nation, one of the wettest and richest areas in flora and fauna in Central America. Named after the green turtles nest in its black sands, Tortuguero stretches inland for 312 km.2 of stunning aquatic jungle.
The Sounds, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Scenic Flights
Fiordland, New Zealand

The Fjords of the Antipodes

A geological quirk made the Fiordland region the rawest and most imposing in New Zealand. Year after year, many thousands of visitors worship the sub-domain slashed between Te Anau and Milford Sound.
PT EN ES FR DE IT