Mon, May 31 (Day 7): A Day in St. Petersburg

Featured on our sightseeing tour are the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the statue of Peter the Great and a visit of the Peter and Paul Fortress. During our time in St. Petersburg we will also enjoy an included visit to the Hermitage Museum to see one of the world’s largest and most valuable art collections. (Buffet breakfast / Buffet breakfast)

We saw way too much to write about today, so I'll just grab a bunch of pictures and jot down some brief notes.

This is a monument in commemoration of the russian navy.

This is St. Isacc's Cathedral.
This is a statue of Peter the Great on his horse. There are a lot of statues of Peter, given that he is responsible for this city.
This eternal flame is dedicated to those who died in the uprisings that triggered the russian revolution.
This is the Savior of the Spilt Blood Cathedral.
This is looking up at the bell tower of the Peter and Paul Cathedral.
This is inside the Peter and Paul Cathedral.
This is where the Czar stood when services were held in the P&P Cathedral. Everyone else stood or kneeled on the floor.
This is where Peter the Great is buried. All of the Romanov's are buried in this cathedral.
Actually, the remains of the last of the Romanov's, Nicolas, Alexandra, four daughters, and son, Alexi, were buried here just recently. They, of course, were murdered as a result of the russian revolution. Our guide says that this family murder by the revolutionaries, never taught in school when she was young, is now openly recognized as a sad event that never should have occurred.
This is a monument to Catherine the Great, who ruled during the 1800s. Surrounding her are a representative group of "lovers" for which she was renowned.
This is a building that reminded us of the Vatican.
A very nice park where we rested for a few minutes.
A set of horses that reminds us of the set on St. Mark's in Venice.
We're now inside the palacial residence of the Yusopov family, descended from and enriched by the activity of the Huns.This place reminds us of Versailles. This is the bed in the blue room. There are many rooms, most with a color theme (red, yellow, green, etc.).
A chandalier.
Notice the crystal in front of the mirror.
Another chandalier.
One of many tapestries.Your house just isn't regal without a tapestry or two.
A fireplace (which they didn't need, since they had central heat, a very rare technology at the turn of the century).
The upper part of the private theater.
The lower part.
A ceiling.
The parquet floor (with my tennis shoes to illustrate size).
A lady sphynx.
Rasputin is sitting at a table, being poisoned, then beaten, then shot, then thrown in the river. They found water in his lungs, so he was a fairly tough guying, finally dying by drowning.
A pool table.
Another statue of Peter the Great (by the way, we've left the Yusopov residence.
An Irish pub is just across the street from our hotel. This is where we ate dinner tonight. Salmon with vegetables and potatoes. No Guiness.
Linda and her brother, Bill, at lunch.
This is the main shopping street in St. Petersburg, a beehive of little shops and busy shoppers. The guide remarks that this is a good example of how much the country has changed, and that most of the people working in the shops (under 30, Levis & nice shoes, cell phones, full grocery stores with many varieties) don't have any idea of what it was like under communism (drab clothes, poor wages, shortages of food and goods).