St. Petersburg

Trip Start Aug 08, 2003
Trip End Aug 17, 2003

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Flag of Russia  , North-West Russia,
Wednesday, August 13, 2003

This was a once-in-a-lifetime visit to see Russia.  We left the ship early in the morning to begin on an all day tour of the city.  One funny theme throughout the day was a quest for the nesting dolls.  We would always seem to find a creative design and a bargain of a price until we reached our next destination and seemed to find a better design with a better price.  Before we knew it our bus tour was loaded with Russian nesting dolls.

We visited the St. Petersburg Hermitage museum which had an impressive display of cultural artifacts.  I can't say that I actually saw all 3 million artifacts, but we did see quite a bit!  The museum was huge and made up of 6 buildings.  This museum had been founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of over 200 paintings.

Later we visited the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood which was built in 1881.

We also visited the Peterhof which is an imperial palace and estate built in 1710 by Peter the Great.  The inside of the palace was very elegant.  My favorite part was the "backyard".  As we walked down the back steps there was an enormous cascade of fountains that led into a gigantic garden where we walked and enjoyed some of the 150 fountains there.  I enjoyed listening to two little Russian girls play some music in the garden.
When we left we traveled out by a hydro-foil speedboat.

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