Tuesday, July 13, 2010

St. Petersburg, Day 2

Our second day in st. Petersburg started off early. Especially felt
early as we have moved our clocks ahead an hour each of the last two
nights and are now eight hours ahead of home.

We had lunch at a place called Sadko. Salad, soup, bread, some weird
chicken dish, and apple cake. Afterwards we did a two hour tour of the
Hermitage. Good thing we had our tour guide to tell us what we were
looking at and keep us from getting lost among the hundreds of rooms.
We saw works of Rembrandt, Renoir, diVinci, van Gogh, Matisse and many
others. Just as impressive as the collection was were the rooms
themselves. They were ornately ornate.

The coolest thing was watching DS14 recognizing icons from some of his
war games and getting it that St. Petersburg is the same as the
Leningrad of his games.

It was pushing past 90 degrees again today and the only place with air
conditioning was the bus. And there are five ships in port bringing a
record 10,000 passengers in to tour on the same day. Good thing there
are lots of places to tour.

Tomorrow is Helsinki.

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