Russia

>Day 58 (Sunday). May Day.

>As we were finishing up breakfast at our hotel, we looked out, and the May Day parade was getting underway on Nevsky Prospect…Photos through the window on the second floor of our hotel… After finishing our coffee, we walked down to get a close up view… May Day is Russia’s...
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>Day 57 (Saturday). Tsarskoye Selo.

>Our destination today, Tsarskoye Selo, or Tsars’ Village, is the site of the Catherine Palace… …a “little” suburban respite, extending 740 metres… …and about 16 miles outside of St. Petersburg. When the Russians took over this area from the Swedes, this land became the property of none other than Menchikov...
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>Day 55. St. Petersburg

>Today we headed off to the Menshikov Palace. Menshikov was the first governor of St. Petersburg….more about him later. On our way up Nevsky, we took some side street diversions along the way, first seeing this “live” statue of the Russian poet, Pushkin… …and then later a statue of the...
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>Day 54. St. Petersburg, Russia

>Arrived in St. Petersburg last evening and checked into the Nevsky Forum Hotel. Not as luxurious as the Metropol in Moscow, but kind of funky, and located right on the main drag, Nevsky Prospect. We headed up Nevsky, getting our first view of the fondanka embankment… …one of the main...
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