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The alarm went off at 6:45, another day another place to explore. A quick breakfast and out through immigration, it was much quicker this time. We drove around St Petersburg looking at all the fabulous buildings. A lot we couldn't get photos of as there was too much reflection through the car window. We stopped at a souvenir shop and yes I actually bought something…yes Geoff was there.
Then we went to Peterhof Palace, what a place. The gardens ...
... to show stamped documents from all of the hotels where we will be staying. I picture someone in a small room, flickering florescent light overhead, walls painted a suitably institutional colour, pretending to keeping track of the great hordes of slumbering invaders.
We did the visa dance, but had no time to prep the what to do and how to get to it once we arrived, except...(cue the kids laughter) ...
... to meet with Elena. Luckily I recognised her! We started off in Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Palace Square), a huge open space ringed by the General Staff building (the longest continuous building in the world after the Pentagon) and The Hermitage. In the middle of the square is the Alexander Column. Erected by Tsar Alexander I after the victory over Napoleon, it's around 45 metres tall and is standing under it's own weight. It has no foundations and no connection ...
... was called “Britannia Rocks”. Beforehand, however, the entertainment team got everyone roused into a good old British singalong, with lots of patriotism and flag-waving. Everyone spontaneously stood up at the end to sing Land of Hope and Glory.
The show was absolutely brilliant. It showcased British pop and rock music through the decades ...
... Russia. Having the worst seats in the house was a slight problem though - craning our heads over and we could still only see half the stage!!
On our final day in St Petersburg we decided to head out of the city to Tsar's Palace Gardens. The main attraction itself is filled with hundreds of fountains and supposed to be really beautiful. However it is also very expensive, so instead we wondered round the outer gardens which where equally as beautiful but probably not ...