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... would lead you to believe you were in Paris or London, not Russia.
We made photo stops at major landmarks and finished with a walking tour to the Catherdral of St. Peter and Paul, located in the Peter and Paul Fortress. It was built as a church but ultimately became a museum and burial site for virtually all the Russian tsars, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, probably the most important tsars in Russian history. Its bell tower is ...
... had no need to rush, and had a leisurely shower and then breakfast in the hotel. Again it was an excellent spread of a continental breakfast. We sat in the garden outside reception and waited for Julie, she didn’t notice us at first, then recognized us and greeted us warmly. We went out to find Alexander and the car and then we were off to the Hermitage. We told Julie we wouldn’t need the car after the Hermitage, which elicited a loud “thank you” ...
... his life, including an explosion in the Winter Palace and the derailment
of a train. Like Paul I, his fear of assassination was very well founded.
After Alexander's death, his son and heir Alexander III, declared his intention to erect a church on the site of the assassination, in memory of his father. Furthermore, he gave strict instructions to have the church built in "traditional Russian style" as opposed to what he viewed as the ...
... built a church there. It's a wonderful design on the outside, but inside, the walls and altar are completely covered in colorful mosaic tiles. Unbelievable!
We walked back to behind our hostel and found the party district. It was relatively early, but we grabbed a beer at a Georgian place. There are several Georgian restaurants nearby. Later, we ate some classic Russian food at a nice place. We ate Pelmenis (dumplings) and borscht.
... fleet, built a more massive palace nearby and in reward for thrashing the Swedes was made first governor-general of St Petersburg. Alexander, for that was his name, filled his house with Dutch everything and decorated walls, ceilings and stoves with blue and white Dutch tiles. He had a lathe too and that kept him grounded, as anyone with a 200 roomed palace needs to be. The Ruskies like to eat and the food was tasty and served with a smile. Today we ate ...