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... safe for us. He just mentioned to watch out for the usual pickpocketing that you find in any city and also to never drink Vodka because it is impossible to tell if it is real. There have been many cases of people selling poison in bottles instead of Vodka. Anyway, I know that there was a Malaysian plane that was shot down recently over Ukraine, which is nowhere near where we are. Then there was a train that got derailed in Moscow, which turned into a silly rumor on the ship that was ...
... well as those involved with assassination attempts on Alexander II and III. Where known, the cells contain information boards on who was held there. Very, very basic furnishings (of course).
After the prison, realising I had spent more time in the fortress than I thought I would, I left by the eastern gate to find Peter the Great's cabin, his first residence in the city. I found it easily. However, it was closed. Disappointed I then decided to visit ...
... at all times of the day or night. The Police are everywhere but are oblivious to it.....
Now if you add to that some gratuitous mobile phone/map reading action it really does grab you attention. They are also masters at the any side overtake, pulling out/over without looking/indicating you will understand why the interweb is full of Russian road accident videos...
Anyway you'll be pleased to know I made it safely to St Petersburg, no photo's today as rain stopped play!
... who had taken them from the French.
So that's how we spent a total of about five and a half hours looking at paintings! It was wonderful.
That didn't leave us a huge amount of time to do other things, actually--we collapsed in our room each day after our museum marathon. However, we did see some interesting churches. Our first afternoon in town, after checking in to our hotel, we went to see the "Church on ...
First look at the city in the daylight, which only gets light from about 09:45 onwards! But first a little about the temperature....in the buildings. It's hot! Everywhere the buildings are roasting hot, people in T shirts and light clothes....such a contrast from outside at about -4 deg C today! Our new coats are perfect and are keeping us toasty and when you get inside everywhere has places to hang up your big winter coats. So, off for ...