Random St. Petersburg thoughts
Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
56Trip End Jul 02, 2010
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Now for some random St. Petersburg thoughts and things I learned or saw.
Catherine’s Palace and the Hermitage were huge. What the Tzar’s needed with all those rooms I will never know and I am happy I don’t have to clean them. They were just amazing, but huge. Pictures will never do them justice, seeing them was amazing.
The cathedrals in Russia have mostly been restored either because of WWII or because of misuse during the Soviet years. The artistry in every cathedral and palace was amazing. From tiny, tiny pieces fitted into wall size mosaic’s to patterned wood floors matching a patterned ceiling.
The cathedrals that have services do not have seats, the people stand for the service. Hmmm I don’t think that would go over very well in the US.
Water closets (bathrooms) are often found in small souvenir shops and can be unisex, not only strange but also uncomfortable.
To close, St. Petersburg was beyond anything I could have imagined.
Other random things I learned or saw in St. Peterburg's.
Brides—we must have seen fifty brides while we were touring. After they get married (at the marriage office where the bride and groom each get a stamp in their passports which signifies they are married) the bride and groom then get in for free at the tourist sights and they then have their pictures taken at the tourist sight by their photographer. So you see brides and grooms walking all over the place, strange.
Well that’s all I can think of right now that is interesting but I’m sure I’ll keep adding stuff as I think of it. Tomorrow we port in Helsinki, Finland and tonight we gain an hour back (will only be eight (8) hrs ahead of Michigan) yea.
Well until the next time luv to all, Ann, Sam, and Danielle