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Today we had an early start, comparatively speaking . . . 8:15 with the Green Group and Nadia as our Guide. We started out with a bus trip of approx 45 minutes to the town of Pushkin where we toured the Pushkin Palace. Pushkin is a bit of an upscale community with some very nice homes in it. This palace is very beautiful and filled with many rooms and in particular is famous for its "Amber Room". We learned all about Amber and it colours depending on the age ...
... during the four hours (yep, FOUR hours! And me with no real breakfast in my belly!) She marched us around the whole city.
We saw streets, houses, churches, cathedrals, palaces, bridges, back alleys and hidden courtyards. Her knowledge was astounding really; but I think we'd both had enough after a couple of hours! She knew the year that buildings had been built, who by, how long it had taken, whether or not they had been destroyed, how, when and who repaired them. She ...
... of project housing you might see in the Bronx. After our boat trip, we visited the Church on the Spilled Blood. I have never been more impressed with any place! It is built over the site of the assassination of one of the Tsars, (Paul, whose palace we visit tomorrow) and the actual cobblestones where he bled are inside, still unwashed after all these years. What they built to honor him is incredible! First off, on the outside, it has 5 magnificent onion domes, ...
I had a sandwich with salmon and fresh dill .. . yep had dill, the fish was raw
Good thing I like sushi.
We ordered an appetizer with pickled vegetables and
got a bread bowl full of fabulous pickled veggies
A wide variety, you name it.
... 8230; ’Did I just meet New Zealanders?’
'Yes you did.’ Sienna and Jane; two Kiwi friends travelling together after being English teachers in Japan. We all drank we chatted, we went out for a bit, but the girls went back pretty early, as they had just gotten off the night train from Moscow a few hours prior. But the next night turned into epic drinking game of circle of death, ...
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