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... bridge the Naval Academy and the cruiser Aurora are visible on our left. We next crossed back over the Neva River and entered the Fontanka River which surrounds the city center of St. Petersburg. After passing Peter the Great’s summer palace we turned west onto the Moyka River through the heart of the city. We then made a sharp northerly turn into a small canal which ran between the Winter Palace and the Hermitage. Now we were back on the Neva and ...
... just over 3 hours south of Oulu. Its major drawing cards were the tower on the hill, and the biggest smoke sauna in the world! The day started off snowy, and early. Our German boys, Daniel and Julian, shared the driving, as us girls (Luisa, Lucia, Paula, Maruša, and Manca) sat in the back. The van wasn't in rows, which was awesome! There was a row of 4, facing the front, and 2 single seats, facing the back; this meant we were all facing each other, and we had a huge ...
... boats are more luxurious than the Russian boats however the Russian cruises are much cheaper therefore an upgrade to a suite is affordable and not cost prohibitive.
After unpacking and stowing the suitcases it was time for the "meet and greet" with all the other English speaking people on board. The meet and greet introduced us to our tour guide Olga who is a 24 year old Russian with the ability to speak four languages fluently. If Olga is an example ...
... which was even more beautiful than the Saviour one. Unfortunately I didn't get inside. It is said that the top of the museum was the best place to oversee SPB. The reason why it was grander than the Saviour was that it had nigh pillars suporting the main frame. The feeling was like seeing the Greek ones. Another guess. Oh forgot to mention that before coming to the Cathedral, I also saw the Bronze Horseman, which probably the most famous ...
... on canvas and then glued to the roof. He also completed some freezes on the ceilings as paintings on canvas instead of having to carve them. Catherine wanted many over the top things so when she heard about the main hallway in the Vatican leading to the Sistine chapel she had to have one. So she shipped off Russian artists to Rome and they copied all the paintings onto canvas over a period of 8 years and then it took 1 year to install them all. We spent 5 ...