FUN-travel: Saint Petersburg – Day 11 – Uniworld River Cruise

July 17, 2014 by  

Day 13 – Sunday, July 13 – St. Petersburg – blue skies w/high, wispy clouds – low 80’s

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Inside the Hermitage

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Inside the Hermitage

What I LIKE

  • 6:45 – cappuccino
  • 8:30 – bus departs
  • 9:00 – 1st stop – St. Isaak’s Cathedral
  • – adorned w/112 granite columns
  • – 400 reliefs & bronze sculptures
  • 9:20 – 2nd stop – The Hermitage – originally the winter palace
  • – contains one of the world’s largest collections of art
  • – 5 buildings w/3 million works
  • – from Stone Age to contemporary
  • – all paintings removed & hidden during WW2
  • – was told it would take 6 yrs to see everything if you spent  1 min @ ea
  • 9:50 – ticket entrance time
  • Line wraps around building
  • 10:30 – finally get inside
  • 11:30 – go outside to take pictures
  • 7:00 – Captains Farewell Reception
  • 7:30 – dinner once again better than average
  • Tenderloin & tasty dough w/meat inside & cream sauce

What I DON’T LIKE

  • More hurry up & wait in line
  • Hermitage is packed like sardines w/tour groups!
  • Every ship in port has multiple groups
  • Can’t even begin to really see the art
  • Totally miss seeing the Impressionists
  • Total waste of time & big disappointment!
  • Sunday & Tuesday are busiest days
  • – so why did this not get scheduled on Saturday?
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St. Isaak’s

FUN-fact – St. Petersburg is located just 500 miles south of the Arctic Circle and for a few weeks each summer they celebrate the “white nights.”
Not so FF – That means essentially the sun never sets and is brutal if you want to sleep in darkness.

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The Operahouse

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