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... of St. Isaac's still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Although the cathedral is considerably smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, it boasts much more impressive fades and interiors. The cathedral's facades are decorated with sculptures and massive granite columns (made of single pieces of red granite), while the interior is adorned with incredibly detailed mosaic icons, paintings and columns made of malachite and lapis lazuli. A ...
... 8211; he dropped us off in the most convenient spots and was always there to wisk us way to the next attraction. We then headed to Peterhof to see the Royal Estate of Peterhof some 45 minutes west of SPB. We toured just the grounds here and the fountains and landscaping is fantastic, really a Versailles of Russia.
From there it was off to the Catherine Palace, which was the summer residence of the Russian tsars located in the town of Puskin. ...
... exchange rate seemed to baffle her on numerous occasions during our stay, despite being a self proclaimed mathematician.
After setting our bags down in our hotel room we headed out to explore. First stop was something we had both been looking forward to seeing since we first started talking about travelling to Russia. It was the Church of our saviour of spilled blood (the church with the cool coloured domes on the roof). To our surprise it was just around the ...
On board the Lev Tolstoy we were greeted by a lady in traditional costume bearing the gift of bread and salt for our "welcoming ceremony" - complying with tradition we broke off a piece of bread and dipped it into the salt before eating it.
The history of our boat is interesting. It was commissioned by high ranking Kremlin officials to host foreign dignitaries in the 1970’s and had been refurbished as a cruise boat in 2007. We wondered ...
... salvia and pansies are not as formal as Versailles; the fountains vary from the gilded and Baroque, just outside the palace, becoming more whimsical, fountains made to look like trees, for example, as one moves further away. Near the edge Peter installed a bench that spouts water when sat on by an unsuspecting visitor as a practical joke.Like Catherine's Palace, Peterhof fell victim to the Nazis and has been restored as authentically ...