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As we finished our walk, it began to rain lightly. That did not stop me from taking photos. I simply kept clicking from under my umbrella. Shortly after the boat pulled away from the mooring, one of the workers brought us a complimentary glass of champagne, my kind of cruise!
Our boat departed its mooring on Moyka Canal. After passing the Japan Consulate, we took a quick right turn onto the canal that is on the east side ...
Wednesday 20 May 2015 - We have arrived at the eastern most limit of our cruise in St Petersburg . Docked at 7am and were off the ship at 8:30am to meet our guide Olga. An overcast but warmer day. Sergey was the driver.
The first place to visit was St Nicholas Church where I lit another candle for Mum. A Russian Orthodox church, it was fairly simple but more ornate than the ones we had seen in Tallinn.
We did a drive around central ...
... and the burger was so dry it was hard to swallow, even drowned in ketchup. Oh well, we were bound to have a miss sooner or later! I'm not really inspired by the restaurant selection here and am missing Moscow food! We haven't figured out what city we like better yet. Moscow as a whole is more grand and has some beautiful moments. But it's not hard to believe it used to be in the Soviet Union. St Petersburg on the other hand looks very Northern European with no soviet influences at all! ...
... good English, but the Russian accent was more pronounced and it made us appreciate our own guide when we got back in our bus. We walk around with headsets, not for translations, but to hear him so he doesn't have to talk loudly.
Although we enjoyed this visit, after awhile we almost hated seeing all the Gold. During different periods in Russian ...
... enough info to plan our next 4 days activities we had dinner (i.e. no lunch needed due to free breakfast) out at one of the Café’s that had helped us in our earlier quest.
Tried some phrases from our newly downloaded, ‘Learning to speak Russian’ phone apps on our waitress, to largely blank looks or amused smirks, but hey! you’ve got to try these things, don’t ya!
So, for now ...