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... and modern economic woes have all taken their toll.
Block after block of bland apartment buildings featured peeling paint and rusty balconies.
But we also saw evidence of rehabilitation. Lots of buildings were covered with construction scaffolding. Lots of streets were being repaved. And historical landmarks including churches and museums were getting facelifts.
Before we could begin our tour, we faced ...
... understanding of why the Revolution and overthrow occurred.
The city was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and was the capital of Russia until when that title was transferred to Moscow in 1918.
The October Revolution started in the City and it also withstood the longest siege in modern history during the WWII.
The city name has changed many times .......Saint Petersburg, Petrograd, Leningrad and now back to Saint ...
... back to Felixstowe, that's gone totally out of the window!). Fortunately I still had my food pack from the train, so that was breakfast whilst I was doing my planning. When everything was done, I went out for the 2 things left that I wanted to see, the Peter and Paul fortress and the St. Isaac's cathedral. The Peter and Paul's fortress was a bit of a let down, I wasn't expecting much but it was pretty crapy, I wouldn't waste ...
... Tolle from a certain angle. You see, as Elena told me the other day, when De Tolle was sitting for his statue, he started having an affair with the artist's wife. Understandably angry but unable to turn down the commission, the artist got his revenge in other ways. From the front, De Tolle is depicted holding a map case. But viewed from Kuznetsov's statue opposite, it looks like De Tolle is holding his penis. Moral of the story: don't **** off the artist about ...
... no photos allowed) and another hall with great accoustics where we heard a 4 man choir sing beautifully. We returned to the ship and got changed to go to a cocktail part for past Amawaterways' passengers.. We then went to dinner the the two couples who travel together, Charlie and Martha from North Carolina and Melvin and his wife from Nottingham. We completed the evening with a classical piano recital in the Melody lounge that w liked very ...