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... in a pool.
After recharging our physical and electronic batteries, (society appears to be on their iPhones and iPads 24/7, so charging up in the local cafe is the norm!), we walked and walked and walked with a vague destination of St Isaac's Cathedral. This huge golden domed landmark was closed by the time we finally reached it, so we avowed to return tomorrow to explore. We also stumbled across a foodie street with a higher calibre of ...
... spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. Alexander was on the way home from his brother Mikhail's palace to the Winter Palace (now the Hermitage) when revolutionaries threw bombs at his carriage. His legs were blown off. The church was built on the spot and even preserves the pavement stones where the Tsar lay dying.
From the Church of the Spilled Blood we walked first through the Mikhailovsky Gardens and then the Summer Gardens. The Summer ...
... had the most nights’ cruising with FOCL; one lady who had over 400 nights and a bloke who had spent an astonishing 1000+ nights on board Fred Olsen ships. That’s like staying on the ship for over three years solid. Blimey – that would take some doing.
The announcement also came that, because one of the tender boats was out of ...
... Neva Dies" (the Bond movie) and she didn't seem to appreciate.
Tomorrow: we move our watches back one hour and go back into European territory, Helsinki, Finland. Though St-Pete is the most expensive city in Russia, the beer is still cheaper than in Scandinavia. And because we're still quite high in latitude, the sun still sets very late and rises much too early, messing up my Circadian clock and causing a lack of sleep. This Circadian is getting a bit tired.
Gold, gold,gold! It's no wonder there was a revolution in Russia. The wealth and opulence with which the rulers surrounded themselves, can hardly be believed.
We went to the hermitage in the morning and spent almost 4 hours there. When we arrived there was no one else there but soon the place began to fill up with tourists and bored school groups. Fortunately being winter the crowds were not too bad at all and we were able ...