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Wednesday, October 10, 2012


We spent two days in Saint Petersburg on our recent trip to Europe. Here are a few photos of our stops.

The Church on Spilled Blood:

Inside, every inch is covered in glass tile mosaics. It was stunning! And, shocking to think it was used to store dead bodies during the war. After the war, the Soviets let it sit and deteriorate. They planned to demolish the church, but the citizens rallied to save and restore it.

 We also visited the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral.

We visited The Hermitage, a former palace turned into an enormous art museum.

Catherine's Palace:

This palace was so crowded inside. My favorite part was walking the grounds. It was so quiet, and void of people.

Church at Catherine's Palace:

Our last stop was the fountains at Peterhof Palace.

The fountains cover the grounds of the palace, and all run on gravity and valves - no pumps.

Many are covered in gold.

We also went to a Russian folkloric dance and music show, which was beautiful.

We had very mixed feelings about Saint Petersburg. We enjoyed all the sites we visited, but they were all completely destroyed during WWII. After the war, the Soviets spent billions of dollars restoring them, while the people were so poor and starving to death.
The next stop on our visit was Helsinki, Finland. I'll share those photos soon...

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Anonymous David (Husband) said...

You look like you're in a James Bond movie!

October 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger dianapena8 said...

Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing this wonderful experience with us :)

October 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Audrey Pettit said...

The splendor of Russia is so amazing! So beautiful, and so sad all at the same time, and just so much history. Must have been awesome to see!

October 23, 2012 at 8:44 AM  

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