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My impression of St. Petersburg, not shared by everyone, is that it seems to be a city past its prime.
At one time, it was a cosmopolitan city, built in the style of Europe's finest capitals, with beautiful buildings, wide boulevards, canals and bridges, grand palaces for the royal families, and lots of green parklands.
But the centuries haven't been kind to St. Petersburg. Wars, the Bolshevik revolution, the ...
... Her parents got a priest to bless her and she was cured and had no memory of what had happened, apparently.
Anyway, back to Moscow. We visited the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which is the tallest Christian Orthodox Cathedral in the world at 338 feet. The original 19th century cathedral (that took 40 years to build) was destroyed in 1931 by Stalin to make way for a Soviet Palace that was never built because funds dried up. The new cathedral was started in 1994 ...
... theatre, it wasn't like I was going to understand any of it (it's all in Russian). I was so confused by what to buy where, plus I didn't speak any Russian that in the end I decided to just take sneaky peeks at the theatres. Maybe one day when I'm not on my own, I will actually go and see a performance! My little legs were really tired today, all that walking around was taking its toll. So dinner and then an early night. For tomorrow there would be more ...
... I still prefer the Church of the Spilled Blood. As well as the church, I bought a ticket for the colannade. 262 steps and you get a panoramic view of the city from 43 metres up.
After climbing back down from the heights of the cathedral, I went in search of my favourite Russian author, Fyodor Dostoyevsky. He lived in over 20 flats in the city. One is rigtht next to St Isaacs. But the one I went in search of was the one he wrote most of Crime and Punishment in and is where ...
... theatrical/musical/dance folk show that was truly world-class.
Classically trained magicians, singers and dancers performed many
vignettes that were simply astonishingly wonderful both visually and
musically. There were a couple of comedy bits that although
completely in Russian, were hilarious for us given the acting. No
matter where in the world we've traveled, we have found a commonality
amongst cultures – everyone loves to laugh.