Backwards Rs, Ns and random 3s.

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Russia  , North-West Russia,
Thursday, July 1, 2010

St Petersburg was in the middle of a mini-heatwave. It was 28 degrees by 10am, so we decided that we would not do anything in a hurry. After a traditional breakfast of a Kellogg's cereal bar we started at St Isaacs Cathedral, because it was close to some lovely cool fountains. We made our way up the 200 or so steps to the Colonnade. There were some great views from up there. (Our pics may not quite do them justice, but you'll have to trust us. I promise to have all the whizzy settings figured out by the time we get to China.) All those stairs helped us work up a bit of a sweat though, so I had to buy a replacement T-shirt in the park. Through a combination of hand gestures and mime, I discovered that the caption reads, "Save trees - eat a Beaver!" in Russian. With a heavy heart I paid the woman. Not my style at all...

The Hermitage is free on Thursdays. Bonus! Spent a good 3 hours there. The exhibits were great, but more importantly the air-con was awesome! :) There was a Picasso exhibit on. His paintings I can take or leave, but there was also a collection of his personal photography which was quite interesting. Top marks have to go to the collection of ancient weapons though. I didn't realise what 'cold steel' was until now. Nasty! Like going into battle with World's deadliest scissors.

We walked along the river and crossed over to Peter and Paul's Fortress. We saw four or five wedding parties that day, and all of the grooms were sailors in dress uniform. Perhaps they were shipping off somewhere and wanted to get a ring on her quick!

On the way home we got caught by a wicked thunderstorm. It came from absolutely nowhere. At the time we were enjoying a beer in a big tent thingy, but as the storm went mental, the proprietor told everyone to take their beers and run for it! We sheltered in a burger-joint that was playing MTV and what was the first thing we heard? The ****ing 'Go Compare' advert. Seems there's no escape!

Our fellow travellers are mostly Aussies, with two Canadians and a Californian thrown in. We're the sole ambassadors for this great footballing nation of ours. They all seem great and there's a nice mix of ages, so I think the trip's going to be a good crack!
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Dave on

Lucinda with a beer? Where's the White wine spritzer?

Nathaniel on

Amazing photos in this blog guys! Thank G*d for'll never remember ALL of it!
How long has it been since you left? Chunk says hello :-)

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