I'm seriously slacking on these travel updates, aren't I? Sorry about that! Only two more to come after today's though. So stay tuned!
Anyway... our cruise docked overnight in St. Petersburg, which was fabulous, so we were able to have another full day of sightseeing in town. We chose a tour with a double-decker bus in the morning, which drove us past a lot of cool, old buildings, along Nevsky Prospect, and finally dumped us off. We were ready for some FREE TIME!
The day before, we hadn't really seen any of the fabled canals in the city. So when we were dropped off in the heart of the city, along Nevsky Prospect, we were greeted with beautiful canals, lined with cobble stoned pathways, gorgeous buildings, and my favorite church in the world ahead of us!
Before we'd check out the aforementioned "favorite" church, we stumbled across a giant Russian Orthodox church, which reminded me of a capitol building in a US city. We had lunch at the Singer Cafe, right across the street, and had a panoramic view of this impressive structure.
Now do you see why this was my favorite??? I did a Flash Bulb (HERE) awhile back of the outside, but this is the magnificent interior. It had been badly damaged during the war, but was painstakingly restored. Those are all mosaic tiles. Not paintings. Floor to ceiling, intricate tiles. I was blown away.
While neither Puff nor myself are art connoisseurs, we figured it would be wrong to go all the way to St. Pete and not visit one of the most fabulous art museums in the entire world... The Hermitage. We saw works by Raphael, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Cezanne, and Monet. We were super happy to have a guide as we meandered through the maze-like palatial complex from master work to master work. Puff and I bought a print of this Monet painting to hang in our bedroom. It'll be a nice reminder of our anniversary trip.