Thursday, July 24, 2014

Baltic Capitals Cruise Vacation Day 8 & 9 - St. Petersburg, Russia


We spent Saturday and Sunday docked in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russia was probably the most intimidating city we visited. They were very strict. We had to show our passports and have an excursion booked in order to go through customs. We didn't book an excursion the second day and they wouldn't even let us through to shop in the gift shop that was in the same building! St. Petersburg was very beautiful though. I loved the Neva River and could see why they call St. Petersburg the Venice of the North. :)


We did a double-decker bus tour, which I really enjoyed. The bus took us to a safe and secure shopping spot and all around the city for great photo ops. 














I didn't have a good view of St. Isaac's Cathedral from where I was sitting on the bus. :P

 





 





Our first glimpses of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which is exactly what we had come to St. Petersburg to see and it did not disappoint. It was beautiful!


This was the only tour to give you shopping time in St. Petersburg so we were able to walk and see the area around the church before we bought tickets to go inside the church.




These are views of the other side of the church...


 





Inside the church...







All the murals were made with tiny mosaic tiles.




Views of the Neva River.




Saturday night the cruise welcomed Russian folk dancers onboard to entertain us for that night's show.

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Saturday night's towel animal was a turtle. :)



We also got chocolate-covered strawberries from a cruise staff member that night. We're not sure why, but we did enjoy them! ;)


Sunday, since they wouldn't let us through to shop, we just got off the ship and took a picture and then enjoyed the day onboard without so many people.


Mom and I even had time for arts and crafts! We made this awesome treasure box that I'm now storing all my ticket stubs and random souvenirs from the trip in. :)





 

2 comments:

  1. Wow, that's almost scary that you couldn't go off the ship without an expedition booked. But still, what a beautiful country.

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