Trip Start Jul 24, 2013
Trip End Aug 06, 2013

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Flag of Russian Federation  , North-West Russia,
Saturday, July 27, 2013

It is 10:14 local as I start to write this post and I am feeling quite tired with all that we did today. I would like to explain that the WiFi service on the AmaKaterina is quite limited. Supposedly we cannot upload pictures or email attachments. When I checked yesterday's blog only 2 pictures showed up of the 11 I had hoped to have shown. I am going to try sending today's activities in two blogs and perhaps I can get two pictures out on each post.

Today has been a beautiful day, bright and sunny an approx 22 degrees. We were on the bus for the better part of today and saw many fine buildings and had many photo ops. I did take a total of 205 pics.

The first place we stopped at was a decommissioned Cathedral. When the Soviets were in power, religion was frowned upon and many churches and cathedrals were left in disrepair. This particular church is famous for being the first place in Russia that taught women. Presently the state is in negotiations to return it to the believers and it is almost a certainty that this will happen. It is a very beautiful cathedral.

We stopped for photo ops in many places and I am only giving you the real hi lights. The tour took us back to the Church of Spilled Blood and we did get some more shots of it that were an improvement over the previous ones.

Next we stopped at St Isaac's Cathedral. This is the fourth largest Church in the world. It is quite the edifice. More on this on Monday's blog as we are taking an optional tour there.

From St Isaac's we went to the Peter & Paul Fortress. It was in this complex where we saw the church that houses the tombs of many of the Russian Csars. The church is very beautiful and the ground extensive. We arrived at about 11:45 with many of our group in need of washroom facilities. If anyone was having any problems in relieving themselves this was alleviated at 12:00 with a gigantic, very, very loud cannon (thank god it was a blank), that just about had me jumping out of my socks.
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Sylvia & Brian on

You guys are going to need a holiday when you get home. Sounds like a very busy holiday. We had a great time at prospect hill today. The steak dinner was great. Enjoy tomorrow.

Judy&Larry on

Sounds as if your days are very busy things
Look really interesting and by the sounds of it there are good picture opportunities. Waiting to hear about the next adventure and we did get all pictures you posted

cathy clark on

scott is hoping you have lots of pictures inside the cathedrals as this is his favourite part and is hoping you also have pictures of the organs! have fun - looking forward to your next blog

carol & Jim on

Yes you sound like you are very busy but your reports on your trip are awesome and enjoy reading them.

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