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... just spectacular. I loved every minute there.
3rd-Church of Our Savior of Spilled Blood, colorful onion- doomed church, name for site of Tzar's assassination. Mosaics embellish walls, floors, and ceilings.
4th Lunch, Pies, we chose 2 each, salmon, a "mystery meat", berries,cheese, surprisingly tasty.
5th-Yusupov Place, extravagant residence of noble family, Rasputin befriended them only to be killed ,legend has it by ...
... Winter Palace, the official residence of the Czars and the Hermitage Museum, which Catherine the Great founded herself in 1764 as a museum to display her extensive personal art collection of 3 million items. They are two separate buildings but today, they are connected so they are essentially one. It is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world, with over 1,500 rooms, and it contains the largest collection of paintings in the world. The Winter Palace was so incredibly ...
... to go through Belarus. In the next 10 minutes a mad rush of events took place which set me on course down a rather dodgy path. The conductor had a bit of a barney with a co-worker to discuss what to do. I don't understand any Russian but I think the gist of the conversation was one of them saying 'we can't let him on he doesn't have a visa' and the other saying 'he doesn't need one, it will be ok just let him on and will get ...
... wandering back to the hostel. I couldn't help stopping off at Kazan Cathedral again. I went inside and this time took some photos. I didn't want to use a flash so I did some 10-14 second exposures resting the camera on the floor propped up with my Lonely Planet guide. Another use for the book! The two statues outside the cathedral are of generals Kuznetsov and De Tolle, leaders of the Russian army that defeated Napoleon. I couldn't help but snap a photo ...
... Kazan. Traditional weddings with choir and a long line of believers to kiss the icon of the Lady of Kazan. Services only made a return to this cathedral in 1992 after it was used as a Museum of Atheism during the soviet era.
We have really enjoyed our time here by ourselves so far and we still like our "beer o'clock" before dinner. More to report tomorrow.
da sveedanya for now
Jeff and Wendy