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... 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 ...
... for dinner is not easy to find. It rains, three couples make a wrong turn, get caught in a second downpour and arrive at the restaurant, 40 minutes late. (Bob will want me to mention that we did not turn with the others, did not get caught in the rain and got to the restaurant on time.) But dinner, borscht followed by chicken Kiev for most of us, was delicious, we drank beer and vodka and now we have a good story to tell everyone at breakfast ...
... is Venice. But in some light and at some angles, the comparison is understandable. It is a city planned as an imperial capital because Peter the Great hated Moscow and had captured this swamp land from Sweden. It is a water-oriented city on the River Neva with several canals. The architecture in he historic section is unified and baroque and quite elegant.
The Hermitage art collection began with the vast holdings of ...
... Smoolny Cathedral (pronounced small-knee) which was built by the Tsar Elizabeth I as a nunnery. It is not active today but is used a classical music concert hall. It is
baroque style and luckily did not suffer any destruction during the soviet religious persecution.
Had lunch at a restaurant downtown, then it was off to visit Peterhof by hydrofoil. It had started to
rain, so there was not much to see ...
04.15-05.15 pm Drive back to St.Petersburg
05.15-05.45 pm A visit to St.Isaac's cathedral
06.00 pm Return to the ship
08.00 am Meet at the ship
08.30-09.30 am Canal Boat Ride
09.30-11.30 pm Special early entrance to the Hermitage Museum
12.00-01.30 pm The Museum of ...
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