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... the front of that line we were able to get tickets to the Diamond Showcase, but not the Gold Showcase. With that line over, we then moved on to the line of people who had tickets and needed to get through security. Fortunately we didn't need to line up in the line for people who needed to check something in to the cloak room. Having made it through the security line we were then able to enter the museum itself! I've banged on about the lines for a while now, but in all honesty it wasn't ...
... to be harder than I thought.
I went out to grab a bite to eat and found a place called Long Island that was a diner-style burger joint. I keep looking for typical Russian places to eat, but I don’t think they exist. It seems that they have adopted the western culture so much that they only have western restaurants. Anyway, it was a great burger, and noticeably cheaper than Moscow. I had a walk around in the rain for a while and saw ...
... churches. The interiors were stunning with the brightly coloured paintings on the iconostases framed in gold. It was amazing to think that the art that decorated them came from the 1400's and yet were still so vivid and clear. I would be lieing if I said that after the third church visit that day I wasn't knackered.
After the Kremlin we headed to our hotel which was freaking huge with its 1771 rooms and 8 restaurants, it felt almost like a Vegas hotel. We had Christmas dinner ...
... but for the building as well as for the puppet "museum". Surprisingly, it was quite interesting, and the building is lovely. The theatre holds 300, so it's well received in the town. Other walking stops included churches and a monastery. I have warmed up to the domed Russian Orthodox churches, recognizing the beauty of many of them. The number of domes may be symbolic such as the typical, but not universal, 5 domes which ...
... Big Lebowski' drinks them.
We had a fantastic time in St Petersburg and definitely count it as a highlight of our trip. The safety, cleanliness, beauty and Eurpoean feel of the city was a pleasant surprise. We're glad we were able to see so much while still bypassing the crazy Russian visa laws. The only problem now is that because we enjoyed it so much we'll have to start looking into getting a proper visa so we can come back and explore Russia further sometime in the future.