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First day in St. Petersburg

Hey! I'm here!
Our travel was wonderful! Thanks everyone who thought about me. I have got many new experiences on my tour so I'll tell you about it partly, day by day.
First day we walked along streets and rivers a lot. Vitaliy's friend met us and drove to some interesting places. These are rostral columns on the photo. Such columns were built as a symbol of victory and country's sea power. The idea of building rostral columns appeared in Rome first. They raised column and arrayed it with trophy captured from their enemy. These snouts of enemies's ships are on the columns (their sculptural images).
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Then we were sleeping after our move. Had our meal. And in the evening we had an excursion by boat. It was 11.30 p.m and so light everywhere! Look my video about it. First you will see the Church of the Spilled Blood, on this place in 1881 Tsar Alexander II was killed, and the name "Spilled Blood" says about it. Then after the little river Moyka you will see The Big Neva. It was windy so they gave us warm covers. You may switch off the voice because the story was in Russian.



This is a bascule bridge called Dvortsoviy Bridge, one of Neva's bridges. We came to the bridge raising times (01 a.m) and stayed there untill 3 a.m. just walking. There were a lot of pinnaces and boats full of tourists coming to look at. That night would be much lighter but for the clouds! These clouds closed all the sky then. What was a pity.


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The bridge is ready! Yay!
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Comments

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millionbubbles
Jul. 5th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
Cool pics! Looks like a good trip.
upanddoing
Jul. 5th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, it was really so. I was in St.Petersburg at 12 years of age last time and now I look at this city in different eyes. Besides St.Petersburg has changed a lot since then. It became more polished and European.
landorki
Jul. 5th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
great pictures! I am glad you had a great trip!!! Welcome Back!
upanddoing
Jul. 6th, 2012 06:36 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm thinking now about my next post.
dianty
Jul. 5th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
What great pictures! 11 at night but so much light! The buildings are beautiful. I'm looking forward to your other posts.
upanddoing
Jul. 6th, 2012 06:34 am (UTC)
Thank you. I love these white nights too. There is no such a thing in my Moscow region.
heather_80
Jul. 6th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Lovely pictures, it looks like you had a nice time! I hope to go to St. Petersburg too one day, I especially want to see some of the churches, and drink tea, and visit the museums. We have such a lot of shared history, Finland and Russia, and I like learning more about Russian culture.
upanddoing
Jul. 6th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, you are welcome! Our countries are really not far from each other everyway and it won't be too difficult.
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