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... seems to be quite shallow in parts as just out side the channel I have seen Lily pads and tree stumps. We have just returned from our shore excursion to Svirstroy. The main employer here appears to be the hydro electric power dam. This is quite a charming little town with many local craftsmen. We were part of a smaller group of 12 people who went and visited with a Russian home owner. We have entertainment tonight in the lounge. Will update in tomorrows ...
... were setting off that I realised I'd forgotten my camera... Probably the most inconvenient day of the whole trip to do so!! I was well cross with myself!!
So we set off. The first question she asked us was, "who built the city?" Our blank faces should have set the bar pretty low and made her realise the level of our knowledge of St P; but she did keep trying throughout the tour, nonetheless.
She was a surprisingly quick walker for such a pint sized ...
... is the Venice of the North. By design, there are over 60 different canals, and rivers with 92 bridges. The canal boat took us through the historic sections of town which are filled with ornate and colorful buildings with columns, Greek statues, and lots of decorations. Not to mention the exotic onion domed churches, many with 24 karat gold leaf! On the outside of the historic areas you saw lots of boring grey stone buildings left from the Soviet era. It ...
... meet (and pickled herring)
Vegetables, fresh, steamed or pickled
Dinner - Same as lunch with additional
meet dishes, sometimes chicken
Noodles, rice or several types of potatoes
At restaurants there was a wide variety of things that sounded great
Sometimes when you got them (as an American) you had to scratch your head.
Larry ordered a chicken sandwich . . . ??
... the ceilings and walls, the gold and marble, the wooden floors, all beautiful. The history of the place as such; how the one ruler expanded the grandeur of the palace by adding another wing. And the many, many artefacts that made us dazzle by the end of the day.
For Russian citizens the entrance fee is remarkably low, and even for tourists it is reasonable. If you think of taking classes in history of art, this is your place to start....... and end.