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So today (Day 1) and for next two days we'll be in St. Petersburg, Russia!
Our experienced travel agents (Ron and Rosemary) suggested the TJ Tours company for our excursions because of better review ratings by both Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor. Supposedly we will have a coach for the 8 of us, a driver and English speaking guide to give us the history and the sights of this old Russian ...
... Palastufer, Gostinyj Dvor and Sennaja Ploscad. As time was pressing we skipped Vasileostrovski Island as there were just two things we wanted to see there and they would have eaten up a lot of valuable time.
Due to the limited opening times of what we were planning to see over the next 4 days we went to Peter Paul Fortress first. Initially built apparently by prisoners/slave labour to keep out Swedish invaders, this was the first thing to be built in St Petersburg and ...
... then on to the Kunstkamera (Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, with amongst other things, the strangest/most grotesque collection of specimens in jars), and in the evening we enjoyed a beautiful recital of Russian Sacred music at the Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood (named in memory of Aleksander ll, who was assassinated on this spot).
... with statues and vases. (The original stone decorations were replaced with lighter metal substitutes 1892-1902.) The palace is 22m high, and local planning regulations have prevented any building in the city centre rising higher than this ever since.
For a city only 300 years old, it is extraordinary that St. Petersburg should have such a wealth and diversity of religious buildings. From famous monuments like St. Isaac's Cathedral to smaller local churches ...
... dust trails coming from our bus when the doors opened. We walked through a few souvenir shops on the way back through the terminal before facing Russian immigration one last time. We had dinner, and returned to our balcony in time to watch two tugs help push us out. Within an hour after leaving St Petersburg we sailed past an abandoned Soviet Naval base. It looked very cool. Still can't believe we just spent two days in ...