Barbara & Heather - Arctic Winter 2018 travel blog

Church "On Spilled Blood"

Nevsky Prospekt

Nevsky Prospekt

Nevsky Prospekt

Catherine Palace - again

Catherine Palace

Ballroom - Catherine Palace

Dining Room - Catherine Palace

Amber Room

Amber Room

Amber Room

Amber Room

Mariinsky II New Theatre

Stepmother and ugly sisters

The ladies at the ball

Winter and the snowflakes

Cinderella


Thursday 10th: Snow, snow and more snow!! Breakfast was next door at Janno and then we walked around to the Church of the Resurrection of Christ “On Spilled Blood”. It is named so because the site is the exact spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and the Romanovs built this nostalgic typically Russian medieval church in his honour. The whole exterior was beautiful with its gilded and colourful domes and mosaics but we were too early for the opening so we headed on to Nevsky Prospekt. We walked up a few blocks before turning back to the hotel as we were to be picked up for a tour at midday.

This tour was arranged before we left home and started with a visit to Catherine Palace as I did not realise that we were being taken there by Golden Eagle. As it turned out we were very pleased we made a second visit as there were hardly any people with holidays being over and there was about twice as many rooms open. Our guide was Victoria who was a little hard to understand but she gave us a good tour with plenty of information. We did not linger in the gardens which were covered in snow and all statues were under grey boxes for protection.

Back in St Petersburg Victoria took us to Restaurant 1913 for an early dinner. This was billed as a traditional Russian meal but was not very special. It came with a shot of vodka which Heather won’t touch and I could only manage a bit. The tour was to end with a Folk Show but we had been advised that this was not happening and were offered tickets to the ballet, Cinderella, at the new Mariinsky Theatre instead. This made it a very special night indeed. The theatre itself is modern and spectacular and regarded as one of the best in the world. The ballet was a contemporary version but contained classical dance with inventiveness and there was a sense of humour throughout. We thoroughly enjoyed it all and Sergei, the driver for the day, was waiting for us in the snow outside to whisk us back to the hotel.



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