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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... has made the plaster very brittle. The government has a restoration
program in the summer months and many buildings were covered in scaffolding and
were wrapped in hessian or similar material. The winter Palace of Catherine the
Great was absolutely spectacular and the palace was huge and adorned in gold,
with high columns and marble staircases everywhere and contained many old
After much sightseeing it was back on ...
... slowly to lift, followed a few minutes later by an arch on the other bridge. A massive flotilla of small craft came racing through, followed by the larger vessels, one at a time, very stately. Unfortunately they were all dark so one couldn't see much detail on the ships, except where they blocked out the light of the illuminated facades behind them. One of the largest ships was carrying something that must have been the upright of a big wind turbine or ...
It sure is cold here...but it's also very nice. And grand. Pity our bags are still in London (thanks to our first flight being delayed we made it to St Petersburg but our bags didn't!) but thankfully our kind tour mates have lent us stuff. My 20denier tights aren't quite cut out for ...
... of the fortress to get a tan, now there are not. There are tons of Chinese tourists. We go to the church and she walks past all the lines to get us in first. But we do have to wait for a Chinese group to go in because they are counting and we will mess up their count but we get in before the other groups. It is crowded inside and of course restoration is being done so the icon wall at the front has a scaffold ...
... the light
changes. The horns sound but of course,
nothing happens. Pedestrians have the
right-of-way but only in a crosswalk when they have a green light. In the cities there are signal lights for
pedestrians but you have to be careful as there are multiple sets of lights
when the streets are divided. If the
green pedestrian light begins to flash you have about 2 seconds to stay
alive. If cars are turning into the
street where you ...