What a journey, from 1613 to 1918. Peter the Great, the russian Venus, Catherine the Great, Alexander I., Nicholas II. and so many more. "The Romanovs" were the second dynasty to rule Russia as Tsars. The british historian Simon Sebag Montefiore wrote their biography in this beautiful designed, golden book, with added photographs. With this book I learned so much about russian history, about the famous Tsars, the revolution, the traditions, the contexts, but also about Rasputin, Napoleon, Lenin, Queen Victoria of Great Britain and so many more. And I am thankful. The conclusion is short and harsh and the brilliant thing is, Montefiore brings russians past of monarchy in relation to the presence of this nation.
At first I was upset because of these so, so many footnotes that often are longer as the main text. Next to that they sometimes repeated the same informations that are already in the text. And Montefiore for me seems to have a cruel relation to nonstraight sexual orientations. But after the half of the book I was just absorbing the great work of research. And I do not want to forget these hilarious sexual anecdotes, or better code names in it. I think I will open this book many more times from now on. Glorious, a russian core for me.
City of the day: Arequipa, Peru!! Arequipa is a major city located in southern Peru. The city is located at around 2300 meters (7500 feet) above sea level and is home to about 800,000 people. The city is at the foot of the dormant volcano, Mount Misti. Because of the city’s proximity to an earthquake fault, Arequipa has been affected by earthquakes for centuries. The most recent significant earthquake was in 2001. Arequipa’s history goes back the Inca when the area of Arequipa was used as a stop on the trading route to Cuzco. The modern city was founded in 1540 by Francisco Pizarro as a stronghold. Today Arequipa is named the White City because the buildings in the city are made out of a white stone that comes from the nearby volcanoes. The city center is a UNESCO world heritage site, being home to several historic cathedrals that were all built in the 16th and 17th centuries. On August 15 the city has a celebration of its founding, including a famous bull fight that is considered to be safe. Tune in tomorrow for tomorrow’s city of the day!!!🌎🌍🌏🇵🇪🇵🇪🇵🇪#Peru#arequipa#cityoftheday#southamerica