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... of large pieces of amber, that the restoration workers were forced to buy pieces on the Russian version of eBay.
So why was photography not allowed here? Our guide just shrugged. Sometimes there are rules that don't necessarily make sense, but cannot be questioned.
Even the floors were interesting.
In one room, the guide pointed out the inlaid parquet created a three-dimensional effect that was so unusual ...
... br> The area surrounding the city is susceptible to major flooding because it is low-lying and there is a phenomena known as 'the long wave from the Baltic'. As far back as Peter the Great they attempted to deal with this and he brought experts from Holland to develop a dyke system. This has been expanded and improved over the years and now there is a modern dam system across Neva Bay that all ships entering the port have to pass through.
... Aurora and the Saint Isaac Cathedral. Our quote of the day came up here.
"What the grey building in the distance."
"Its not grey, its blue and white."
Then it was time for dinner and some free time to explore St. Petersburg during the evening.
Late slips given: 12
... century. Lots of Viking artefacts from the area, including some very nice jewellery and weapons.
The displays for the 18th - 20th centuries thankfully contained more English information, probably because they were much newer displays. One display was a hugely long lithograph of both sides of Nevskii Prospekt from the mid 1700s. The very cool thing is that I found the building im staying in. Plus you can pull down hidden photos of the buildings too, so ...
... building materials. For the price of about 4 Aussie dollars, we had purchased our tickets from Martyshkino to Balkicstiy station (about 1 hour travel) in trains that had varying levels of luxury – you could get padded bench seats, moulded fibreglass seats, plastic benches or plain old wooden benches! Boy were those train trips comfortable!
We became very adept at the Saint Petersburg Metro and ended up travelling on all ...