I normally write these screeds from our stateroom balcony, but since we've had a refueling ship alongside us and as a result, the air is thick with the smell of diesel fuel, I'm opting for the indoor version. I think that's something of a Russian metaphor. More on that tomorrow...maybe.
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We actually have two days in St. Petersburg, so I'm going to save the commentary part of what I usually post until tomorrow (and we're in route to Finland). Speaking of today, we opted for a canal and church tour of St. Petersburg, although our original plan was something a bit more comprehensive. Given our experiences today, I think we made a good call.
First up, a few photographs that were taken from our wonderful canal tour of the city.
Next, we visited the Resurrection Church, also known as the "Church on the Spilled Blood"). Two things about the church stand out:
- The word "crowded" doesn't begin to describe the interior of this place.
- Every single inch of the building's interior was covered in something.
(The main altar; the church is still used for services)
(Exterior view; no photograph does this place justice)
Finally, we stopped at the St. Isaac's Cathedral. Another church that had an incredibly artistic interior (like the Church on the Spilled Blood), but with a design that's more reminiscent of St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome.
(View up to the main dome)
(Door, showing the relative size)
(Damage from the Siege of Leningrad during World War 2)