The deal has changed dramatically here since our last visit- NO PHOTOS indoors AT ALL- and NO LOITERING IN ANY ROOM - the room attendants move it along like a conveyor belt - although without anyone stopping for photographs things do tend to move in a more orderly fashion anyway.
so here are a few photos from the inside from the last trip -
you may want to make note of the dearth of people on the terrace in the photo below- and compare with the photos from this trip-
this photo was exhibited in the palace both times but now is in a gallery where you cannot take pictures- this was the shell they worked with that was reconstructed to the lavish palace of today
now on to our most recent visit- all exterior photos only- notice the number of people on the terrace awaiting the fountains start up -
We headed out from the grounds and to save us time so we can have more free time in the city we eat lunch at what can only be termed a banquet hall (likely owned by Russian Mafia) an extremely mediocre meal but it WAS pretty quick.... we headed into town and were given many options for things to see and do- we had already decided we wanted to visit the Church on Spilled Blood since it was under renovation the last time we were here and we had never been inside.
even the fence surrounding the property is magnificent!
at 6PM we set sail for Helsinki Finland - through the Gulf of Finland - from our dock on the Neva right in front of the first bridge. We have had a terrific front row seat to the city - and we leave you with two views of the river banks, one to the port side and one to the starboard side - both lovely- and etched in our memories of St Petersburg - the city as a museum
onward- we are closing in on the end of our journey. We have only two more nights aboard ship and four more on the trip before returning home... but still many great things were seen and done so don't miss out on the upcoming posts on Helsinki and Stockholm.... the weather held for the remainder of the trip so we have much more to show you! stay tuned....