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... Vive la Candy Revolution!
Finally we emerged from the Hermitage, battle sore and weary, and stumbled into a little hole in the wall cafe to have a meal that looked not too dissimilar to the photos. Steve learned a few more words of Russian - Tooylet = Toilet. (Who knew?) And Nyet kreashay = no smoking zone. Yes, they still smoke in cafés, bars and buildings here. They do have non smoking sections in some cafés but it's a bit like having a non ...
... Pushkin, lived and also died after the duel over his wife. It's now a museum which I'm hoping to see before I leave. Pushkin's great grandfather was an African slave who was raised by Tsar Peter the Great, who loved him and was one of his favourites. This is why Pushkin had darker skin than the average Russian as well as dark curly hair.
We then walked along the Moika river until we found the Church of the Spilled Blood. This cathedral is built ...
... Captain Tom Hansen came on and did a little speech about how nice it was that so many people who cruised with Fred Olsen came back time and time again; he made everyone laugh when he said we nearly ended up holding the cocktail party in St. Petersburg because the Black Watch didn’t want to leave!
They then made presentations to two of the ...
... did a good job shuffling us through the crowds to show us the most interesting pieces. She's a stocky Russian who speaks perfect English with a New York accent of all things. She kept making us repeat the word Neva, the name of the river, until we got the pronunciation right. It essentially sounds like NEVAH! with the proper exclamation at the end, which essentially sounds like the British pronunciation of the word 'never'. So we said things like "Neva say neva" ...
... for the first time Russian wine. Both were very drinkable and we probably got a little carried away. Needless to say we felt quite warm and merry by the time lunch was over. Somehow we managed to stay awake and on returning to the hotel decided we needed a long walk to freshen up before going to a folk performance and more vodka!
Concert quite good with the usual energetic Cossack dancers and pretty girl singers, all in all another lovely ...