Project "Sightsee Northern Venice in one day"

Trip Start Jul 07, 2010
Trip End Aug 05, 2010

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Flag of Russia  , North-West Russia,
Friday, July 9, 2010

Today me and my grandmother managed to visit most of the sights of St. Petersburg a.k.a. Northern Venice. We started with an overview tour of the city in an open double-decker bus and visited the following places:
Ostrovsky Square and Ekaterina's Garden
Palace Square (hopped off here to see the The State Hermitage Museum (former imperial Winter Palace) and Alexander's Column)
Church of Saviour on Spilled Blood (visited the beautiful Vasiliev Garden here)
Summer Garden (closed for renovation) and Swan Canal
The well-known Cruiser Aurora, which cannon shot signaled the beginning of the Revolution of 1917 (also visited the first building of St. Petersburg - the log cabin of Russian emperor Peter the Great)
Peter and Paul Fortress
Vasily's Island
The Bronze Horseman (statue dedicated to Peter the Great)
St. Isaac's Cathedral

After the bus tour, we hopped on one of the numerous boat tours along rivers and channels of St. Petersburg and enjoyed the water-facing palaces, parks, bridges and gentle waves.

And to finish the day, we all went to observe the drawing of bridges across Neva river. It was a magnificent sight with ships and barges passing under the widely opened bridge flights! The bridges are drawn all along the Neva river every night of the navigation season to let the larger ships pass, the traffic across the bridges is halted and tons of tourists take snapshots of this unique sight.
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juliettka on

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