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... and then one more time left, right then crossed. 30 minutes later we came back with 1 heaping bag of food, milk, bread, and a bag of wheat-fish.
Almost as soon as we got back I crashed on the couch. As for the time change I fell
asleep almost immediately. That was always a natural thing and always will be. :) :) :)
... The architecture in St Petersburg is one of the most unique things I have ever seen. Somewhat comparable to Amsterdam in that no buildings are above 6 or 7 stories tall...yet at the same time nothing alike. Each block is comprised of an entire building which is elaborately decorated with pastel colored ceramic, absolutely gorgeous. For lunch we ate at a traditional Russian cafe and stuffed ourselves with beet salad, and borsch. Let me take a moment to digress on ...
About 500 years ago the first Jews arrived in Russia from among other places, Lithuania, Germany and the Middle East. Our first stop of the morning is the Great Synagogue of St. Petersburg serving a community of 80,000 to 90,000 Jews. According to the cantor (who trained in Miami), the congregation is 'reservadox', although the women sit apart from the men. The building, dedicated in 1893 by Alexander III is large and ...
... waited for the inspector. She was a young girl and after having a quick look into our car she asked for our papers, which we did not have. We tried to ask where we get papers and luckily for us she spoke a little bit of English and told us to park our car to the side and pointed us in the direction of the customs window. The lady there was very nice but did not speak a word of English and knew that we spoke no Russian so she started to fill out our form for ...
... guided tour of St Isaac cathedral
3.15-4.30pm Inside guided Tour of Yusupov palace
5 pm Return to the ship
We met up with the rest of our party at 7.30am – getting off the ship was a breeze compared to yesterday and although we still had to queue through customs, show our passport and our tour ticket, it was a bit quicker than yesterday … thank goodness.
Our lovely guide ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center