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... area which strongly resisted enforced change. The wealth has not returned but religion has and Stalin is remembered for visiting kizhi then ordering the closure of the churches and the murder of the priest. We saw the farmhouses, large log structures which would hold several families together and learnt about how the people lived and worked. Implements from old days of farming were still in the houses, ploughs from the 14th century, fishing boats, ...
... St. Petersburg (which is about 10 hours from Moscow, and probably more than twice that from the eastern Ukraine border).
Our first tour of St. Petersburg left in the early afternoon, and was titled "local experience." After passing through customs (at least they stamp your passport here!), we headed out on the tour. First, we rode the local metro, which is beautiful. It’s one of the deepest in the world, and it feels like you are riding an escalator to ...
... but much more relaxing. When I said we'd be staying on the bus as we'd seen St Isaac's Cathedral the previous day, she was momentarily taken aback, but then said we could get off the bus and wander around if we liked, just be back by the appointed time. Several others then said they'd do that. There was no way Ron and I were going to rush in and out of the rain again unnecessarily.
We had an hours drive ...
... buildings, crossed a few lovely canals and enjoyed the people watching. The city is so stately and the buildings are so massive, I can only imagine how impressive it was to a 18th and 19th century traveler seeing it for the first time. It would have wowed then that much more than it wows now. Having walked off our dinner, we went to bed around midnight local time, trying to get on Russian time (11 hours ahead of PST) after two red eye flights within 4 ...
... money to Roubles at the train station.
Peter and I were sad when we arrived in the outskirts of St. Petersburg that meant it was time to gather our belongings ready to hop off this lovely train. Although we were sad to be leaving the Allegro we were very excited to be arriving in St. Petersburg. We hopped off the train and waited for Nan, Pop and Aunt Sal to retrieve their luggage then we all set off down the platform to arrange transport to the Boat station ...