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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... Yesterday we took a 30 minute hydrofoil on the Neva River near the Hermitage out to the Gulf of Finland to Peter the Great's Summer Palace called Peterhof.
It is known as the Russian Versailles because of the many fountains on the expansive grounds. We spent the whole day wandering the park-like grounds enjoying ...
... world. I had an apple pirozhki, a Berber couscous salad and 'farmer cheese' blinis that were to die for. Randy also enjoyed his roasted vegetable salad and very tasty baked samosas. After a quick stop to get more water - we were parched from the day - we walked back to the hotel and took much needed showers! Tomorrow we plan to sightsee a bit and then head back to the ship for the trip back to Finland. Until ...
... Paul Cathedral which has the tomb of the Romanovs), the KunstKamera (Peter the Great's museum of science and ethnology - amazing, cool, and very disturbing - he collected cadavers (ages -9months to whatever) with physical abnormalities for scientific advancement and preserved them after the autopsy), the Leningrad museum, and so much more! One of the things that stood out above all that is we got to go see the Opera playing Don Quixote at the Mariinsky theater...THAT was ...
... under reconstruction we opted to walk along the river making our way to the Peter and Paul Fortress. In the fortress we visited the Cathedral where Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and the murdered Romanov family members are buried (80 years after they were killed, mutilated and dumped down a well). Once again it was filled with bling and icons typical of the Russian Orthodox Church. After wandering back to the hotel, checking in and a quick nap we went to ...
... and is still maintained by a navy crew. During the Second World War the cruiser was being used as a training vessel and was sunk during bombardment. The ship was subsequently raised and is permanently anchored as a monument to the Revolution. At the Aurora I found a large chain blocking off the gangway to the ship. I could not find any information on whether the ship would be open and so walked on to the Peter and Paul Fortress.
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