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Days 8/9 – St. Petersburg
We awake to yet another beautiful day (estimated 23oC) in the port of St. Petersburg, Russia's northern capital. Because we haven’t arranged visas before our departure (which we were warned to avoid as they make you jump through hoops, and the process is apparently quite difficult), we are only allowed off the ship onto Russian land during the next two days if we are booked on one of the organized ship excursions that we have ...
... the metro and bars for the evening in Moscow. We visited the Captains bridge, an entertaining 10 minutes and find the lake is 150 m deep and the captain likes to fish. 6 men run the ship from May to November - other than that it was as you would expect Writing notes, a good book and from our cabin we watch a squall shift across the lake; thunder and lot of lightening. This is a huge lake. it is like being at sea and far away in the distance ...
Limtech by this time had made friends with 5 retired school teachers from Malaysia who were on a trip of a lifetime together.
He offered to drink some of their vodka, which they had left on the table, Video Girl was saying, "No, no, no more."
He sung the ladies "Danny Boy," one of his favourite songs. He thought he was in with a chance.
The women were all laughing and saying "let ...
... with a Scott Joplin rag.
The palace is a magnificent residence, with huge rooms, beautiful inlaid wooden floors, elaborate gold leaf wall decorations, and frescoes on the ceilings.
Some of it is still being renovated, using the actual furnishings that were hidden from the Nazis in Siberia during World War Two.
The opulence is overwhelming and it's easy to understand why the common folk could be persuaded ...
... was nothing exciting – salad, soup (Russians eat soup every day), chicken and rice. After lunch, we continued to drive around several sites in town. The highlight was the Church of Spilled Blood, which looks just like you’d imagine in Russia – with those big colorful domes. All in all, Russia was not my favorite. It just seemed dirty, with beautiful spots of gold-plated domes and magnificent ...