FUN-travel: Saint Petersburg – Day 10 – Uniworld River Cruise

July 15, 2014 by  

Day 12 – Saturday, July 12 – St. Petersburg – blue skies w/high, thin wispy clouds – 70’s

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  • 6:30 – cappuccino
  • 8:00 – City Tour departure
  • 8:30 – 1st stop – Smolny – 10 min
  • – Baroque cathedral & convent
  • – name means tar
  • No traffic!
  • 9:00 – 2nd stop – island across from old city – 15 min
  • 9:30 – 3rd stop – market – 30 min
  • – basically souvenir mall
  • 10:15 – 4th stop – canal boat ride – 1 hr
  • 11:30 – photo op – Peter the Great on horseback
  • 12:00 – 5th stop – Square of Arts
  • – Pushkin monument & park
  • Free time on own
  • 12:20 – lunch Mama Roma – pepperoni pizza + 2 beers = $18 – not the best but pizza none the less
  • 1:20 – Church on the Spilled Blood – w/onion domes typical of orthodox churches
  • 1:45 – Starbucks cappuccino extra shot = $7.60
  • 2:05 – Kazan Cathedral
  • – looks like mini Vatican
  • 2:30 – depart back to ship
  • 3:00 – room R & R
  • 5:30 – dinner buffet
  • 6:45 – depart for Hermitage theatre – 40 min

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  • – Swan Lake ballet in small theatre

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    Church on the Spilled Blood

  • – only 250 seats
  • – was private theatre of Catherine the Great
  • – may not be best performance in town
  • – but they say “any Russian ballet is better than none”
  • 7:20 – arrive
  • 8:00 – starts
  • 2 intermissions
  • 10:30 – bus back to ship
  • See full moon coming up!
  • 11:00 – snack buffet & wine
  • 12:45 – finally go to sleep

What I DON’T LIKE

  • 3:40 – 1st wake up
  • 5:30 – 2nd wake up
  • 8:00 – excursion departure – too early
  • More hurry up & wait on bus
  • Days too packed w/activities in Moscow & St. Petersburg
  • Have to get to theatre early as there are no assigned seats
  • Theatre is really hot!

FUN-fact – Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg in 1703 to take it out of the dark ages and to be part of Europe.
More FF – They call it the “Venice of the North” because it was built on 42 Islands and boasts over 80 canals.
More FF – We saw the ship, Le Boreal, that we are sailing on in the Arctic next month docked near downtown.

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Kazan Cathedral

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