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Monday September 15
St. Petersburg, Russia
Here's a slideshow (without audio) of some of our pics from St. Petersburg. It's hard to pick out the best since it's such a photographic city.
... and our guide is Katia.
Tour itineraries in St. Petersburg are very fluid because of large events/rallies, museum closings, and crowds. Day 1 was spent in the city center visiting the main street, Nevsky Prospekt, Kazan Cathedral, Aleksandrinsky Drama Theater, The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Russian Museum, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
While taking a stroll along Nevsky Prospekt you cannot fail to notice the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady ...
Daniel, Olga and Gramma Anna we arrived on an overcast, rainy and cold day – this was what we were greeted with in this city of islands and 5,000,000 inhabitants. We had contracted with SPB (short for St. Petersburg) Tours. It was a small Mercedes van capable of accommodating about 20 or so people.
As I said at the outset, it was quite chilly as we hit gangway to clear customs in the Russian port area. While we arrived just a little later ...
... and be processed one by one, no looking happy we must look miserable.
Whilst we are in side our buses is inspected, luckily they did not decide to go through all the bags and we had no dogs put on board either.
Finally we are told to get back on the bus and head to the next checkpoint, here we have another guard enter to check every ones passport has been stamped and then we are free to enter Russia. I am sure that ...
... Tiny lacquered boxes ..2 inches square, perhaps, are no doubt labour intensive, but prices tend to start at $100 US. I was stunned to overhear one of our fellow passengers say she had bought 8. To spend $1000 on one that would fit nicely in your hand would not be difficult! Of course the stacking dolls are everywhere, and some of the handpainted ones are quite lovely, but ..... Well, maybe today we'll spend a bit of money. It's pretty well our last ...