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... explanations. We had to go to a back corner at one point, go up some stairs, then go down an adjacent set of stairs to continue. But the art was good and it's good value at about $9 each.
The weather on the trip has been absolutely fantastic. Back home it's getting cold but we've had sunny or partly cloudy days in the 60's every day except one. So we're walking a lot and just exploring the canals and buildings. That night, we ate at a ...
... with the fact that we had no aircon (the city was going through a heat wave), the walls were paper thin and the neighbours were not the quietest of people. During our time in St Petersburg, we visited some amazing places and the building design and architecture throughout the city was spectacular. One of the places we visited was the State Hermitage Museum which is located in the centre of St Petersburg. The building dates back to the 18th century and is ...
... out flowers in the city tubs, cleaning the streets and abseiling down buildings to power hose the windows ! Teenagers out weeding and raking the parks under close supervision. However, except for the sunbathers, everyone still in their black winter coats and sunglasses are worn at all times - inside and out.
Beautiful buildings and cathedrals at every turn. The Hermitage is amazing both inside and out.
... s navy.
After leaving the cabin, I crossed back over the Neva to make my way again to the Rumantsiev Mansion blockade museum. My resolve held until I got to the Hermitage when I realised it was quite a walk and I still needed to pack. Plus I felt tired. God knows how many miles I had trod this past week. I admitted defeat and turned around. Next time I'm here I'll get there dammit!
I decided instead to go to the cemetery ...
... and his wife Catherine.
Apparently they absolutely hated each other and while he was plotting how to get rid of her (divorce not being an option) she had him murdered.
Back to the hotel about 5.30, had a meal in the bar, and out again at 8 pm to an excellent show of Cossack dancing and singing. "Home" about 11pm. Wine, vodka, champagne and nibbles in the interval. Realistically that meant one glass of wine. Vodka doesn't come with Coke ...