Thursday 07 September 2017
Peterhoff Palace and Park
Almaz-Antei factory in daylight.
Outside the palace to see the magnificent ornate fountains - note
the hundreds of visitors under umbrellas
and the long canal to the small harbour on the Gulf of
The cascading fountains.
For a small fee, you could have your photograph taken with these
Looking back to the palace from the canal.
The small harbour on the Gulf of Finland.
In the grounds.
One last look at the fountains - before departing.
St Petersburg from the water.
Front facade of the Church of the Spilled Blood.
Inside the church.
You could get a pain in the neck looking at all these murals.
Canopy over the site of Alexander II's mortal wounding.
Is this where Donad Trump gets the 'finger and thumb' thing???
Back outside for a walk around the church - half expecting James
Bond in a T80 tank to come crashing out of the building on the
Remember that Russian wedding party thing? - now combined with
attaching padlocks to railings.
St Petersburg by Water.
Ready to board our tour boats - 'Millenium' on the left - and our
boat 'Corsica' outboard.
This guy was waving to us as we went under the first bridge and we
thought he was just overly friendly.
But then he ran along the canal bank to each bridge in turn - and
waved. I suppose he enjoyed it?
Our tour guide - Sasha - told us to ignore him.
Here he is again - at the next bridge!!
- also called the Engineer's Castle.
At this point - unnoticed by me - my camera decided to go into
monochrome mode - so the next few photos are in black-and-white!
Our arm waver made it to the next bridge in time to direct us to
Sights along the Griboyedov Canal.
We are now in the canal behind the Hermitage Museum - still in
Looking back - and no arm waver in sight!
Emerging from the canal into the River Neva - with the Peter and
Paul Fortress ahead.
Looking back - the building is the Hermitage Museum.
The Hermitage frontage.
Hydrofoil slowing down ready to berth in front of the Hermitage.
- the first museum in Russia. It is really quite colourful in pale
blue and white!
Back along the canal to our start point.
A quick snap from the moving coach of the St
Petersburg - Moscow railway station
in Vosstaniya Square.