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Jun 22, 2013 - Tsarskoye Selo- Pavlovska, Catherine Palace, Neo Classical Great Palace

We left St Petersburg after breakfast and drove through the countryside to visit the Neo- Classical Catherine Palace. The drive was interesting as we drove through the city and were able again to see many of the Soviet buildings and also the country houses as we drove towards Pushkin. Many of the smaller houses are brick at the base and timber on the firsts floor. Timber is very popular as there are many forests of beautiful birch trees which are used for building and also many crafts such as paper. From the bus unmade roads could be seen...

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Jun 21, 2013 - St Petersburg

Another sunny day and 23 degrees forecast as we headed to the Tihkvin Cemetery in the grounds of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. This cemetery has the graves of many of Russia's most famous artists, writers and musicians. It is well kept with no damage, sadly not the case for many cemeteries in Russia according to our guide Alle. The Bronze Horseman statue in a lovely city park was a remembered symbol during the siege when it was crated for protection; we saw the boxing being removed in the film at the siege memorial. The statue is actually...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Tikvin cemetery,Yusupov Palace, Church on the spilled Blood, Cavalerie Rusticana.

Today we visited the Tikhivin Cemetery where many famous artists, writers and musicians are buried. Founded by Peter at the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. It was mistakenly thought that Alexander or Novorod had defeated the Swedes here in 1240. There were many interesting head stones that were more about the person than religious. Next we visited the most beautiful house that once belonged to the Yusupov family. Rusputin a peasant said to have supernatural powers was murdered here in 1916. Rasputin was influencing the Tsar and his family in a...

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Jun 20, 2013 - St Petersburg

This has certainly been along day and not yet finished! Leaving at nine this morning after a lovely breakfast of fresh fruit and an omelette made to order we headed firstly to the Baroque Church of St Nicholas - a working church with a beautiful adjacent bell tower and then to the Peter and Paul Fortress on Zayachy Island - on the opposite side of the Neva River to where we are staying. Travel has been slowed because of an Economic Forum about to start and heightened security.Visited the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul which houses the...

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Jun 20, 2013 - St Nicholas Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman, AM tea at the singer cafe, St Isaacs, Peter Paul Fortress, Mariinskii, folk shows.

Another beautiful day in St Petersburg. The city was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 following the war with The Swedes. Many huge buildings dominate the city and are an obvious expression of the immense power. St Nicholas is just one of these buildings. The church remained open right through the Soviet period and is a working church. It is blue and white and quite eye catching especially the golden Baroque domes. The bell tower is also blue and white and very tall. In the church were many of the faithful. The women with scarves were...

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Jun 19, 2013 - St Petersburg

Today was a full day at The Hermitage and it's difficult to describe all that we've seen. Even in The various buildings of the Hermitage it was difficult at times to choose whether to concentrate on the art works or the interiors - works of art in themselves. Alle was an excellent guide getting us to major areas in a museum for which it is calculated that you'd need 100 years if you spent one minute on each item. We were fortunate to have two booked tours of special areas - the golden room with the jewels of the Romanovs and the Diamond...

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Jun 19, 2013 - The Hermitage, Golden Room. Canal and river cruise.

Our visit to the Hermitage was incredible. It is a gallery that I have heard about for years and to have actually been there was wonderful. It is enormous and without our guide Alla I doubt if I would have every found my way around. She took us on a magical ride through all the best bits as we dashed up and down stairs and through galleries and amazing hallways. Somehow we avoided the huge groups and were fast tracked to see fabulous art works. I had to buy a small book to remind me of the opulence of the State rooms of the Romanovs and...

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Jun 18, 2013 - Novgorod to St Petersburg

Off by 8.30 toward St Petersburg in our coach. On the main road between Moscow and St Petersburg - trucks galore; the little villages with very dilapidated houses - possibly now used as dashas. Our new guide Alle, an economics graduate, gave us a good run down on the impact of the various regimes and the impact on the people; now the aged pension is 10000 roubles per month about the equivalent of $300 and people without family to support them are in desperate situations. This perhaps indicates why the museum rooms have so many elderly...

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Jun 18, 2013 - St Petersburg.Leningrad Siege Memorial. Museum of the Defence and Seige of Leningrad.

We left Norgorod in the morning and enjoyed the countryside and interesting brick and timber houses as we approached St Petersburg. Just before we arrived in city we visited the Leningrad Seige Memorial and Museum which was built as a memorial to those who died in the 900 days Seige. Thousands died during WW11 when the Germans occupied the city. The museum had some interesting exhibits of the severity of life during this period and of the many who died. 28 million Russians died and 9 million Germans died during WW11. We then continued on...

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Jun 8, 2013 - Hermitage

Everything about St. Petersburg seems so big, huge actually. The buildings, statues in parks, monuments are all enormous and this includes The Hermitage. It was once part of the winter residence of the Russian Monarchs. As time went on it grew and grew and still continues to expand. Because it was home to the Monarchs the interior is extremely opulent with building materials of semi precious minerals like Jasper and Malachite. The ceilings and floors are detailed and works of art themselves. Catherine the Great purchased whole collections...

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Jun 7, 2013 - St. Petersburg

Together with our driver Nicholas and our tour guide Irina we set off to explore some of the iconic St. Petersburg sites. Our first stop was St. Nicholas' Cathedral. It is beautiful blue and white church. Next we went to St. Isaac's Church. It is one of the largest in the city. It is quite ornate with lots of gold trim. It was built in honor of Tsar Peter the Great because he was born on St. Isaac's Feast Day. Next stop was the Peter and Paul Fortress. this is the cradle of the city. it houses many different buildings including a church and...

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May 18, 2013 - have things changed??

The stop in St. Petersburg is the pinnacle for most folks on a Baltic Cruise. There is so much to see and do here that the ships stays for two nights. We think ships should do so more often, but spending so much time in one place on a cruise is unusual. The rubles we brought from home were issued by the Soviet Union, so it’s been a while since we were here and we were curious to see how things had changed under new management. We docked at a new terminal which not only looked good from the distance, it looked like it was built to last - a...

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