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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... Tsar Nicholas the First. Very cool. We were then off to see some more churches and a point in the city where you can overlook the giant canal that runs through the city. It was very pretty and along its banks they had even put down some sand and called it the city beach! Crazy.
We stopped down by the water to do the "good luck" deed of the city. There were two bronze griffins down by the water and it is said to be good luck to rub their ears and whisper ...
... TV and radio); but, feel more freedom as each year
passes. They do respect Putin; but, do not take him very seriously.
People we talked with are impressed that the US elected a black
President as they were well-versed in our segregationist past. But,
they do view him as just another politician.
Day two in St. Petersburg was another
busy day starting with a boat ride through the canals (St. Petersburg
claims a nickname as “Venice of the ...
... for some wonderful photo opportunities. Our guide Olga was very knowledgable about the history of St Petersburg and had excellent English skills, so we are now quite well versed in Russian history(there were many Peters and Nicholases and they were all great!)
The city was extremely well designed by Peter the Great who was a visionary and no one is allowed to mess with the old ...
... to climb up the stairs again to get onto the ship. My daughter takes my little suitcase and climbs up the stairs with both cases and I struggle up the stairs with my big suitcase but we didn’t have to make two trips. Into the ferry and the elevator and we have a different Commodore Class cabin this time which seems to have a better air conditioning system working. We check to see if we can get our dinner yet but they won’t open until 5:30 ...
... Van Gogh and Gaugin. I saw more Van Goghs there than I did in Amsterdam! One I really liked. Bob said the colors were sure refreshing after all those gloomy Dutch painters. Testify!
We were told that Cezanne painted landscapes, which he did, but we were given to believe that’s all he did. Well, maybe if you don’t look at more than two or three of his paintings you might think that. And Shakespeare just wrote sonnets. But look at all ...