2015 St Petersburg

Wednesday

Another morning, another country!  Part of the reason we did this cruise was because Jessica really wanted to see the Church on Spilled Blood.  To get into Russia, you need a Visa and its a slightly complicated process.  However, if you arrive on a cruise ship, you can enter Russia for 72 hours Visa free.  Hello, cruise!

I will have to say I was the most nervous heading into Russian customs but it was fairly painless and soon we were on our way into St Petersburg!!

Since we were there Visa free, and getting stuck in Russia was not an option, we decided not to visit anything, but similar to Tallinn, would instead just do a photo tour.

Hermitage (Winter Palace)

Hermitage (Winter Palace)

Breakfast

Breakfast

Rumor has it beef Stroganoff was named after the Stroganov family.

Stroganov Palace

Stroganov Palace

Approaching the Church on Spilled Blood

Approaching the Church on Spilled Blood

Of course it started raining as we got to the Church on Spilled Blood.  And the church wasn’t open on Wednesdays so we were only able to gaze at the outside.  But what an outside!  It really was incredibly beautiful!

Jumping Pic

Jumping Pic

Church on Spilled Blood

Church on Spilled Blood

And another angle

And another angle

After we left the Church on Spilled Blood, the rain cleared and the sun came out.

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I love the pink building!

Trying to decipher the Cyrillic alphabet was interesting!!

Cyrllic

Cyrillic

Before long it was time to head back to the ship.  Russia was one place I did not want to get stuck!

 

 

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4 Responses to 2015 St Petersburg

  1. Jaime says:

    Wow. Looks awesome. I’d love to visit Russia but I’m also a bit scared. Great pictures.

    • Emily says:

      I was slightly terrified the entire time. Not a lot of English, even the younger kids didn’t speak a lot. Which on the one hand I totally get, but the spoiled American side of me expects it! Ha!

  2. Beef Stronganoff is one of my favorite dishes ever!

    • Emily says:

      I really wish we could have actually eaten a real meal there instead of grabbing quick bites. I’ve never had beef stroganoff!!

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