Russia - St. Petersburg
The map below shows the city of St. Petersburg. The map is
modified from Google Earth. Our boat was docked at the bottom
right and the center of interest of the city was at the upper left. On
the map are labeled the Hermitage, a large art museum and part of the
Winter Palace, the Vasilyevski Island, which we crossed to go to the
Peter and Paul Fortress. The Neva River flows into St. Petersburg
from Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe, and flows into the Gulf
of Finland by splitting around the Vasilyevski Island.
|The boat has docked in St.
Petersburg, and the intrepid couple is off to the city to see the
sights. They did take the bus, although it may have been faster
to walk or ride the metro.(Photo from Russa-Foto)
||We soon got to the first stop of
the day which was Smolny Convent and Cathedral. Elizabeth, the daughter
of Peter I, had planned to hand the government to her nephew, Peter
III, and retire here.
|Mom looks over the place and
figure it was a pretty good retirement home, but the fuel costs might
be a little high.
|The statue in the foreground is
that of Peter the Great, while the building in the background is the
Senate and Synod. The square was first known as Peter's Square, then as
Senate square and finally as Decembrists Square in honor of those who
died and were exiled in the rebellion of December 1825.