June 7, 2013
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.
Another View Of 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.
The Catherine Palace
Inside The Catherine Palace I
Inside The Catherine Palace 2
Inside The Catherine Palace 3
Inside The Catherine Palace 4
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.
Photo of German Bomb dropped on Palace in World War II
Outside The Caherine House
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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June 1, 2013
Moscow, 1 June 2013
We arrived at Moscow airport to find it hot and sunny. The temperature is around 22oC which means that the warm clothing and rainwear I packed is totally superfluous. The minibus which took us to our hotel led us passed a park with a lake where people were swimming. The Katarina Hotel where we are staying overlooks a canal leading off the mighty River Moscova. We unpacked, had a light evening meal then went for a short walk along its concrete banks.
Katerina Hotel (our room is just behind the flags facing the canal
I do not know the name of this nearby magnificent church but I hope to find this out when we meet up with our guide tomorrow.
We walked back as the sun was setting. I believe the large building on the horizon is Moscow State University but I should again be able to confirm this tomorrow.
As I was writing this blog at 11 pm (Moscow time) I was interrupted by a superb firework display which I could see from my hotel window emanating from the banks of the river. This was a perfect ending to a great day.