Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg was our last stop in the Russian Federation during this trip. After seven days on the river boat M/S Rossia, owned by Grand Circle Travel. There were 181 people from across America on the boat and I finally made friends with four of them. Two from NJ and two from Chico, CA. Most of the folks were much older than I but in many cases …
... we visited on this trip). It was a gorgeous day sunny and in the 70’s, so the ride on the open top canal boat was great. We saw many of the same sights as we saw from the bus or that we visited yesterday – Peter & Paul’s Fortress and Cathedral, the Hermitage, the Winter Palace, the Church on the Spilled Blood – but from a different perspective. We then went directly from the canal boat ride to a hydrofoil boat for the trip ...
The country itself is so rich in history and I am very thankful to our guide for sharing some of it with us. She spoke not only of the country’s history but of her memories of living in Soviet times and the realities of day to day life in Russia at present. One of the memories I know that I will hold onto for years yet will be the strength in her voice as she told us that she and her husband had done everything possible and impossible to ...
... This morning there was a lecture by a wonderful Russian historian on the Romanoff dynasty which helped me understand a bit more about how the czars were able to live in such decadent opulence. As Nini reminded me, this is not uncommon historically, and I know that is true ... still. But the Czars,, like early British monarchs and those in many other countries, I expect, were considered God's anointed on Earth, and ...
... Malachite stone. How beautiful and luxurious! There was also an exhibition about Caravaggio with paintings from all over different Italian museums. Then we went to eat at the Soviet cafe, a restaurant in the style of that time. We played some dominoes and ate Palmeni, monk soup, fish soup, Drakini, and some Russian pancakes. The end of pass out ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
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