Imperiia: a spatial history of the Russian Empire


A small town "prettily situated on the terraced bank of the river, surrounded by gardens."
(Sigh. Sometimes cribbing from Baedeker just has to do.)

I overheard some merchants talking about apples this morning.

Well, that isn't quite true. I was straining to pick out a word here or there from their conversation and apparently I was a smidge less subtle about it than I thought. They took pity and explained to the silly young Englishwoman that they were discussing the apple market. As we are, I now know, in orchard territory.

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