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... br> The area surrounding the city is susceptible to major flooding because it is low-lying and there is a phenomena known as 'the long wave from the Baltic'. As far back as Peter the Great they attempted to deal with this and he brought experts from Holland to develop a dyke system. This has been expanded and improved over the years and now there is a modern dam system across Neva Bay that all ships entering the port have to pass through.
... their bodies were burnt, put in acid and dumped a mine shaft. After excavations in the 90s uncovered the Romwnovs, it was decided to inter them with their ancestors. Also buried with them were their servants who stayed with the family to the end. I have to say I was not prepared for how emotional seeing their graves was. It was quite moving.
Next up I went to see the museum housed in the commandants quarters. This museum covers the history ...
... states of repair. There was a Ural that is older than me and a few very exotic bits hanging around, in particular there was an interesting sidecar that looked like a lump of an aeroplane, I believe it's Hungarian but I'm not sure.
So, on with the photo's, If I new what the buildings were called I'd name them, but I don't..they are all the Winter/Summer Palace of (insert name) the Great though!
... including bequests from the extended family. It was expanded under the Soviets with art confiscated from wealthy collectors and from collections in conquered nations. They got a lot from the Nazis, who of course had themselves appropriated it from private collectors.
You enter through the Winter Palace. I had purchased a ticket voucher online before leaving the US which allowed us to bypass the considerable lines. ...
... with its own Cathedral. We have learnt so much Russian history since we have been here and this is perhaps the most significant place in terms of the development of Russia. St P being the original capital, only moving to Moscow under Lenin's rule. The walk to the Fortress took us behind the Winter Palace to the Neva River and over an impressive bridge. What a sight...parts of this massive river are completely frozen over! Hope the photos make this clear. Very dramatic. ...