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Jan 11, 2019 - St Petersburg - last day!

Friday 11th: Our last day! After the big day yesterday we had a late breakfast at Janno and packed our cases so they could be moved to the family suite. Then we headed out to explore as much more as we could. In a large store across the road we purchased a gift and a lovely replica of a Faberge egg with a small clock inside. In Nevsky Prospekt we spent a few minutes in the vast Kazan Cathedral designed to resemble St Peter’s in Rome with a sweeping curved colonnade. The interior is spacious but somewhat dark but quite a lot of people were...

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Jan 10, 2019 - St Petersburg

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...

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Jan 9, 2019 - St Petersburg - on our own

Wednesday 9th: Our time with the group ended this morning. Those continuing on to Finland were collected at 9am and we waved them goodbye from the hotel steps in the snow. We had enjoyed the company of many but especially Barb and Irene and it was sad to see them go. On our own again, we then took a taxi to Pushkin INN not far away where our room was ready for us so we settled in. The staff at reception were extremely friendly and helpful when we asked if we could keep our room until 8pm on the day we departed. Although our room would not...

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Jan 8, 2019 - Saint Petersburg

Tuesday 8th: St Petersburg is proving to be a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards and beautiful bridges. It is magnificent by day and magical by night. It is also renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World. The Hermitage Museum, the former Winter Palace of the Tsars, was our first port of call today. This is one of the largest museums in the world and houses the royal art collection of over three million works. An early entry was arranged for our group and we moved straight to the...

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Jan 7, 2019 - Russian Christmas in St Petersburg

Monday 7th: Rozhdestvo - Russian Christmas. Our final stop on the Golden Eagle is St Petersburg and we arrived during breakfast. Then it was straight onto the coach for visit to Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin. As it was still early (and dark!) we first drove around some of St Petersburg marvelling at how beautiful it looked dressed up in all its lights. The Catherine Palace was built by Elizabeth I, Peter the Great’s daughter, in honour of her mother Catherine I and she spared no expense. The palace was extensively damaged during WW2 but...

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Aug 24, 2018 - DAY 8 - St Petersburg 2

Day 8 - St Petersburg 2 Ashore at 7.15am for a 7.30am pickup. A couple of quick photo-stops before a very pleasant early-morning boat trip on the Neva river and around part of the extensive network of canals - it is just like Venice, but without the smells! Then on to the Hermitage Museum. With our 10am tickets we just beat the massive queue that built up soon afterwards. Once again Olga was outstanding - you could spend days in there and still only see a tiny fraction of the exhibits, but she knew exactly which ones she wanted us to see,...

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Aug 23, 2018 - DAY 7 - St Petersburg 1

Day 7 - St Petersburg 1 Ashore by 7.15am to get through Russian Immigration/Customs ready to meet our tour guide and the rest of our group in time for an 8am start. On recommendation from friends, Graham had booked the four of us in for a 2-day 'Must-See St Petersburg' excursion from private company 'Alla Tours' instead of the usual P&O offerings. There are 12 of us from Arcadia plus 4 Americans from the Celebrity Eclipse (one of the other 6 cruise ships in port today), with our tour guide Olga and minibus driver Alexis. Highlights of the...

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Jul 20, 2018 - We join the cruise ship

We came by high speed train from Helsinki to St Petersburg to join our cruise ship. We have now been moored here for two nights and will be leaving later this afternoon. Have had two very busy days here in St Petersburg. Yesterday we spent the morning at the Hermitage Art Gallery before doing a city tour of some of the highlights. We had an early morning start today to visit Peterhoff and tour the palace and the water gardens. It was wonderful and very similar to Versailles. Wi-fi is a problem on the boat and is restricted to a few areas (...

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Jun 15, 2018 - .......Go on I trust U

June 15, Friday Last night when we came into our room there was a snack plate sent from the dining room in case we were hungry after our long day. We slept late, had a small breakfast, and Dick decided he would rather have a nap then get on another bus. So off Mary and I went to see Panaramic St Petersburg. Our guide was an older Russia woman who much preferred her city over Moscow. There was a lot to see. Every building has history. Museums everywhere, parks, statues, cathedrals, and the river. It is hard to absorb that much...

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May 29, 2018 - St Petersburg

Dear all, Well here we are again doing two blogs on the one day. Our visit to St Petersburg was two long tiring and comprehensive days. Our days were full of visits to palaces and churches. Both palaces and churches were very decorative with gold leaf covering lots of the items. The Amber room was all decorated with Amber stone, very plush. The walls and ceilings of the palaces were painted, covered in plush material hangings, tapestries or portraits of the various nobility. Some rooms were quite overwhelming. The churches had the gold on...

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Our Big Trip

Dec 28, 2017 - Saint Petersburg

Cold temperatures but no snow welcomed us into the gorgeous city of Saint Petersburg. Things did warm us up a little after realising our cab driver had ripped us off big time. Not only that, but Igor the devilish Russian, delivered us to the wrong hotel. Similar name but !!! Piss be upon you Igor. Reception kindly got us sorted with a new cab and we were soon at the right address....or were we ? It was a shocker. Maybe Igor was right afterall. After one night we were out of there and into another. With closeness to Nevsky Prospect, Saint...

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a whitish christmas

Sep 30, 2017 - Peterhof Palace

Went to Peterhof Palace. Palace built by Peter the Great at the beginning of the 1700s. It too was completely destroyed by the Nazis during WWII and completely rebuilt. It is described as the Russian Versailles. Set on the Finnish Gulf it is a huge estate with French style formal gardens and 168 fountains that operate without a pump. Spectacular and over the top!We walked the grounds and at 11:00 a.m. exactly all the fountains turned on. It was a great show.

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Volga River Cruise

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