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We went to see the bridges over the river Neva go up, which the do ever night after 1. There was a bunch of people, because apparently it's a famous event. Since the metro is closed, all traffic to the other side of the river is blocked for hours, so I wonder why it's so popular. But then again, tourist can be made to gape at pretty much anything :)
... One of the key features of Peterhof is the fountains – there are hundreds of them and all gravity fed – not a pump used anywhere.
First of all he took us down the steps to where all the cascading fountains are – these weren’t on at that point but he told us the best place to be positioned ready for when they came on at 11am. Then we walked down the canal to the bridge. The canal was built so that Peter the Great (I ...
... the attendees must stand to be closer to God. Photos are not allowed in active Russian Orthodox churches?Next we head for lunch at The Wheel restaurant. It was well done. There was mushroom salad (this looked like chicken salad), delicious mushroom soup (must be mushroom season), beef stroganoff and rice, and crepes with raspberry sauce. Quite good! As we were seated in the restaurant the guide started to shout. It seems we had been followed in by a group of pick pockets. ...
... dressed and wear killer heels. 2. Security in some form or another is EVERYWHERE! The range of uniforms is mesmerising and number of official looking people mind boggling. Police are stood at every single intersection and in every single metro. Wherever you look there is someone there making sure everything is running according to plan. Makes you feel safe but watched. Haven't seen any crime though so it must work. 3. Drivers are mental. Seriously mental. How they leave ...
... apart from Peterhof, the sights of suburban St. Petersburg was shabby, poorly maintained buildings, old rusty trams, parks & gardens badly in need of some TLC.
We were back on board the Eurodam by 3pm, so we had some icecream & sweets, had our showers , then headed down for 'Happy Hour’ at 5:30.
Tonight we dine in the Lido Restaurant, & then headed for the Main Stage for a dose of Dreamtime ...