Austrian Yard 2
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This morning we are visiting Catherine's Palace in Pushkin about an hour away. We leave early to avoid the crowds but when we arrive, the palace is not open and we have to stand and wait in the freezing cold. Some relief is provided by some men dressed as soldiers playing brass instruments. Their party piece is playing the Dance of the little Swans from Swan Lake and doing the movements to go with it.
When we enter the palace our first ...
... 8217;t, so I couldn’t get in because it is a private home and they don’t do tours, of course. There was heavy security so I couldn’t go in but I saw a little bit of it from outside, through the gate and trees.
On the days leading up to our ship’s arrival in Russia, there were all sorts of rumors going around that we wouldn’t go and rumors about what was happening in Russia and in Crimea and Ukraine. We have poor access to the news on the ship so ...
... or money to come to this place if you ever come to St. Pete. The only good thing was that you could see across the Neva (river), which was completely frozen over! St. Isaac's cathedral on the other hand was majestic. It is now a museum so I had no qualms with taking pictures of this place. Outside, it is a huge red building with giant granite columns. Apparently they had to build special trains to get the granite columns to ...
... out my trusty Lonely Planet guide. 5pm it closes. Daaaaaamn!!! Now I felt a little frustrated and couldn't help but feel like I had wasted the afternoon. But I tried to put it behind me. After all I was in St Petersburg! I grabbed a coffee and a muffin at Cafe Mosse on Nevskii and then decided to just wander Nevskii for a while. Went through Gostinii Dvor, a massive department strore that takes up an entire city block. I was trying to find an external hard ...
... Kazan. Traditional weddings with choir and a long line of believers to kiss the icon of the Lady of Kazan. Services only made a return to this cathedral in 1992 after it was used as a Museum of Atheism during the soviet era.
We have really enjoyed our time here by ourselves so far and we still like our "beer o'clock" before dinner. More to report tomorrow.
da sveedanya for now
Jeff and Wendy