Vasilievsky Solo By Sokos Hotel
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A free day in this wonderful city today. Making the most of our third day of superb weather, I walked back down to the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood but got side tracked on the way and walked through an open park to see the eternal flame. The temperature was approximately 20 degrees and the sun was shining so it was an immensely enjoyable way to spend the morning. Instead of just walking around the outside of the cathedral, as we did ...
... so wide around that I bet a small car could easily fit inside of it.
Next, our tour led us to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a Russian Orthodox Church that was built on the site where Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. We saw a few more less memorable churches before coming back to the ship with only a half hour to shower, change, eat dinner and go back out to immigration (which we had to go through every time we left or returned to the ship). I spent my ...
... out, I wasn't sure if it was soot, dirt or pigeon poop (probably all 3) but it looked real ugly. I went in anyway because I could see from the outside that once a upon a time this place was really grand and it just needed a good scrub to bring it back. The inside did not disappoint, the inside was beautiful. The walls were covered in magnificent art work, all depicting something religious of course. There was so much gold everywhere and I love ...
... to be there when they turned the fountains on for the day. With a stirring piece of music playing too.
I didn't go into the grand palace itself as Elena and Sergei both said that it wasn't really worth it and that there are better palaces to see inside. Instead I wandered the surrounding gardens for a good while, just casually strolling amongst the oak, pine and birch trees in much the way that Peter the Great would've done.
I did however pay to get into Monplaisir as ...
... or kneel, they must not sit.
We have early admission to the Hermitage Museum, part of which is the former winter palace. It is a place that you could spend days going from room to room looking at the collections of artifacts and paintings and tapestries and listening to the stories that go with them but thankfully we only have 2 hours!
Today we have Russian Pie at Stolle's for lunch. They are quite tasty but the 'pastry' is like ...