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... more vodka, he might sing us some more songs" but Video Girl had made friends with the ring leader of the pack, who piped up, "My friend, Video Girl, is the daughter of this Tom Jones look alike. THE DAUGHTER SAYS NO"
The ladies all listened to the ring leader, and the glasses of vodka were then all duly placed out of range.
They drove past St Isaac's Cathedral, it's golden dome coated with more than 200 pounds ...
September 6 Saturday Royal Princess (St Petersburg) After an early night and a good 8 hr sleep we were up at 6 am, cleared customs and on the bus for a 7 am start for another big day of sightseeing, which was delayed waiting for passengers that don't know what 7 am means, so in a good Russian way, wait 15 mins, not here so leave! We watched the Queen Victoria come in and dock next to us, with 5 cruise ships including Seven Seas Voyager, in port again - another busy ...
... commentary in excellent English. We learned about the city’s rich history, about Peter and Catherine the Great, lots of other czars and things that happened “during the Soviet times.”
We were surprised by some of her candid political comments, such as when she told us that Putin is so popular among the people that he had won reelection by 147% of the vote.
She also told a joke to illustrate how ...
... dry land, we walked to St Isaac's Church – the largest Russian Orthodox Church in the city, and the one that has the dome that you can see from just about everywhere. The church is now a museum, and services aren't held there anymore. Very impressive interior, with lots of marble and detailed paintings. We could have climbed to the top for an extra fee, but decided against after all our walking yesterday.
Continued on to ...
... spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. Alexander was on the way home from his brother Mikhail's palace to the Winter Palace (now the Hermitage) when revolutionaries threw bombs at his carriage. His legs were blown off. The church was built on the spot and even preserves the pavement stones where the Tsar lay dying.
From the Church of the Spilled Blood we walked first through the Mikhailovsky Gardens and then the Summer Gardens. The Summer ...