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Apple has announced the discontinuation of the iPod

Apple Inc. today, September 10, is preparing to declare the release of the legendary player iPod. It is expected that the device will cease to produce in 2014. Version of the iPod Classic with a scroll wheel, which will no longer be produced, has not been updated since 2009. According to the company, the gadget is outdated morally.

ITALY BOTTEGA: A VITA NOT SO DOLCE

Anyone longing for an Olive Garden restaurant — although why anyone would be is beyond contemplating — is advised to head over to Italy Bottega without delay.

Marketed as a pizza and pasta bar that serves quick, wholesome snacks, the restaurant suffers most because it takes the signifiers of eclectic individuality and tries to crush them into a cynical formula.

NORDIC WEEKS: BALANCING BUSINESS AND CULTURE

Every autumn since 2010, St. Petersburg gets an opportunity to learn more about its Nordic neighbors. From Sept. 14 until Oct. 24, the city traditionally hosts Nordic Weeks that promote the idea, not of five different countries — Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland — but of five states that have a lot in common. Providing more information about the Nordic region to local residents and businesses is one of the main goals of the event.

PETERSBURG PROVES POPULAR OVER SUMMER WITH TOURISTS

The most popular Russian cities for tourists over the summer this year were St. Petersburg, Moscow, Sochi, Kazan and Yekaterinburg, reported Metro newspaper this week.

The top ten list also included Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk,Krasnodar, Rostov- on-Don and Pskov. The figures are based on hotel reservations made on Oktogo.ru.

The data also shows that not only was St. Petersburg a more popular summer holiday destination than Moscow but that tourists also stayed longer in the city, staying an average of four days compared to three days in Moscow and spending on average 3,700 rubles ($112) per day on accommodation.

ERARTA DRESSES UP IN THE LATEST FASHIONS

Museum Erarta launches new fashion project. On Sept. 10, the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art launched an unusual project with the official opening of Erarta Fashion Storage. Organized under the careful guidance of local fashion designer Leonid Alekseev, the store, in addition to selling its wares, aims to make the work of young Russian designers more accessible.

BLINI DOMIK: REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST

Few and far between are the restaurants that locals, expats and tourists can all agree on as being a cut above the rest, which in turn fosters a near-legendary reputation that can be hard to sustain. When Blini Domik opened at the end of the 1990s, it was a welcome relief in a sea of forgettable restaurants with its pleasant staff, freshly cooked and affordable Russian classics, and a friendly cat dozing on a windowsill. Modest and welcoming, it was the default stop when anyone visited town or after a long night out when only high calorie fare would do, despite or, perhaps, because of its kitschy hominess.

We have launched a new website!

Today, July 3, 2013, we launched our website with a new design! For us it is a holiday, which marks the end of a period of long and painstaking work. We have tried to create a website, a distinctive feature of which is a new stylish design and user-friendly interface, easy to use that anyone can appreciate!