St. Petersburg, Russia!
Our excursion for today is: City highlights and Pushkin
Hang on to your hats, this is a 10 hour day and we got rain!! Not just rain but bone chilling cold rain. Jeff opted out and stayed on the ship, but me and Christy went all in! We took our warm hats we bought in Estonia when the weather turned cold and set out on our 10 hour tour!
|Me in my woolen glory!|
It goes on your head then the tails wrap around your neck and it is wool so the rain does not get in and you are so warm and toasty! I would have died a bone chilling death without this hat/scarf combo!
We hopped a bus with Sergey, the man loved his Russian history and he was full of it! So passionate about Peter the Great and all things Russian, and so nice, he kept track of all of us like a mother hen and when one of us got lost he went full out until he found the missing persons!
What a trooper he was!
He took us to Catherine's palace. We had to wear booties and check our coats, purses and umbrellas. It was madness and chaos, so many people, I never want to go through that again. But we survived.
After the palace he took us to a local restaurant, we had traditional Russian food, cabbage soup, chicken stew, cheese and bread, champagne and a shot of vodka! Oh hell no on the vodka, that was like tasting pure rubbing alcohol!! Crazy Russians!
They had singers and dancers come out, they were wonderful!
|I just love a good accordion player!|
|We saw where royal people were entombed, gee, that's always fun...|
|Peter, he had little head syndrome|
After that we walked around and drove around and saw so much stuff, it was a full day, but I was ready to get back on the cruise ship to a hot shower and glass of wine! We were soaked to the bone.
What an experience, I went to Russia. Hmmmm, I WENT TO RUSSIA!! Me, who said I would never leave my own backyard too many times to count! Never say never folks!
See you soon for a stop in Helsinki, Finland!