Altburg On Vasilyevsky
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... a tour of the city mainly on the coach to see the highlights including the old KGB headquarters. We did stop in several places and visited Smolny Convent, Peter and Paul's Fortress which houses the Imperial Tombs and the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood.
After dinner there was a Cossack show. After such a busy day it was a relief that the show took place in a marquee in the car park next to where the ship was docked.
... br> The area surrounding the city is susceptible to major flooding because it is low-lying and there is a phenomena known as 'the long wave from the Baltic'. As far back as Peter the Great they attempted to deal with this and he brought experts from Holland to develop a dyke system. This has been expanded and improved over the years and now there is a modern dam system across Neva Bay that all ships entering the port have to pass through.
... Aurora and the Saint Isaac Cathedral. Our quote of the day came up here.
"What the grey building in the distance."
"Its not grey, its blue and white."
Then it was time for dinner and some free time to explore St. Petersburg during the evening.
Late slips given: 12
... 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 ...
... most attractions within walking distance.
After being able to have a shower and freshen up we all met up at 0900 for Sara to take us on an orientation walk of the city. Well it wasn’t quite all us who turned up for the orientation tour, Hayley was nowhere to be seen, I think the train trip might have caught up with her. One thing I found odd about the Tucan tour, the tour leader had to share rooms with a paying customer when there were odd ...