St Petersburg, 7 June 2013
This morning I ent shopping in the street next to our hotel and bought a hat and a Russian Doll. Then I took a closer look at the Church On The Spilled Blood.
Then we took a coach trip to see The Catherine Palace an opulent building named after The Empress Elizabeth’s mother and Peter The Great’s second wife. On the way we passed by a monument to Lenin.
Much of the palace was badly damaged during the German invasion in World War 2. The famous Amber Room (where it is forbidden to film) was looted and much of it carried away. However, a great deal of the building has been restored but more is needed to be done and building work and scaffolding was much in evidence.
My visit to Russia ends tomorrow so to end the day we dined for a third and final time in the Literary Cafe in Nevsky Pr a few hundred yards form our hotel (The Nevsky Grand) where I ate another Hassar Snack (red caviar, smoked salmon, pancakes with a tot of Vodka) followed by a Russian beef roll, baked potatoes, grilled vegatables and washed down with dark Russian beer and more vodka.
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