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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
Struck by the clouds of cruel fate
My crown of Summer bloom is sere
Alone and sad, I watch and wait
And wonder if the end is near.
- Alexander Pushkin
Alexander Pushkin is one of, if not the most, celebrated poet Russia has ever produced. His wife Natalya was the object of the desires of D'Anthès, a French military officer in Russia to make his fortune. Soon after ...
... It and the inside were absolutely golden. There was gold everywhere. The main sanctuary and alters are covered in gold. As most Russian churches quite magnificent!
Interesting fact-- outside the fortress walls is where they hold the walrus swim in the winter. They break the ice and only the very brave or very stupid dip themselves in the ice cold Neva River.
... souvenir to keep as it is a little coin and is only worth 50p so not going to break the bank. I have forgotten to mention the St Petersburg metro so may as well tell you here. It is a bit like walking into a museum at home. Pristine, clean, fresh with stunning gold light fittings the full length of the platform and in every walkway. We have read that these are still considered Soviet style compared to the Metro in Moscow so we can’t wait to see them!
Next stop ...
... not like tourists much. After this long dinner we had to quickly rush back to the hotel and get ready to go out, we could see the hotel in the distance and we thought it would be a 30 minute walk, in the end it took me 45 minutes and that was power walking, it took longer as we had to go over a certain bridge and this bridge was further past our hotel and then we had to double back, but that was the only way home. I quickly got ready and we all headed back into town for a few ...
... to an abrupt halt. I had filled my camera’s memory card to capacity…and all my extras were back at the ship. Beth cranked up her camera and filled in admirably. (In fact, I should add that she did an excellent job with our back up camera. She took at least 40% of the pictures included in this blog.)
We passed Michael’s Castle, the Winter Palace as well as the Sheremetev and Stronganov palaces. After a little over an hour we were back ...