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The end: St. Petersburg

Posted on 2007.06.29 at 22:21
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The last stop on our grand adventure: St. Petersburg. This was the only bit of sun that we saw since Nizhny Novgorod, and that was a bit of a fluke, too. This is the Neva River from the Peter and Paul Fortress.


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The Church of the Saviour on Blood, so named because it was built on the spot where Alexander II met his timely end at the hands of nihilist bomb-throwers.


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A closer view. Probably the most amazing church we saw in Russia, and that's saying something.


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The interior of the church was entirely covered with brilliant mosaic. We were astounded by the intricacy and detail of the work.


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Like this.


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And this.


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And this.


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The Palace Square outside of the Hermitage. When we arrived here, I was taken aback. I had to take a second to compose myself in the face of so much history. This was where the 1905 revolution was met with gunfire. And this was where the Bolsheviks set up their cannon to bombard the palace at the start of the October Revolution of 1917. Craaaaaaaazzzyyyyy.


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Inside the Hermitage. Can you imagine what it was like for Russian workers to see this for the first time after the October Revolution? Here they were, starving and dying for the sake of some pointless war, and this was how the czar and his circle were living!


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All the same, you have to admire the craftsmanship!


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"Nicholas, you know what we need?"

"What, Alexandra?"

"GOLD WALLS!!!!!"

"It shall be so!"


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"Peasant boy, haven't you finished laying the intricate wood pieces on my floor yet? It's been 6 minutes already!"

"Actually, I'm not a peasant. I'm a skilled artisan who has trained at my craft for deca...."

"PEASANT!"


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But still......sooooooo beautiful. I can just picture my mother and sister frolicking in here, they would just love it.


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Look familiar?

Yup! You're the man, Sergei Eisenstein!


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The Aurora. This was the ship that started the whole she-bang. The crew, based out of Kronstadt, mutinied and set sail down the Neva and fired off a couple of shots at the Winter Palace, signalling the start of the October Revolution. And that's why some university professors, and only university professors, love Karl Marx.


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On the deck of the Aurora. The ship is still officially a part of the Russian navy, thus it still has a crew. We really liked the Russian naval uniforms. They were very smart. As St. Petersburg is home to the naval academy, we often saw fellows like this wandering about the city with their sleek, long, dark coats.


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Lenin's office. This was where he spent the summer of 1917 before he was deported to Finland for a bit. Sorry for the photo quality, but I couldn't use a flash. Photos were strictly forbidden, and a flash would've been a dead give-away. I did not want to face the wrath of the stern Russian museum ladies.


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The balcony just off of Lenin's office. This was where he addressed the masses, including Kronstadt sailors, in the months leading up to the revolution. Kronstadt sailors, don't listen to him! Just start off with your own revolution instead of waiting till 1921! It'll be too late by then!!!!! Oh, if only I had a time machine......

And speaking of time machines, that's the end of our pictures! Bet you wish you had a time machine to go back and not look at all of these photos.......but you really loved it, didn't you? DIDN'T YOU?!?!?!?!?

Actually, we'll probably do one more picture post of some of the snazzy things we picked up along the way. But that'll be it, I swear.

Thanks for keeping up with our travels!

Comments:


whistle_pea at 2007-06-30 13:29 (UTC) ()
The pictures were not excessive. You should do a course for some people we know on how to edit and carefully select photos to share with your friends.

Very pretty.
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-07-01 15:01 (UTC) ()
Haha, yeah! Wait right here, I'll get all of my feet pictures for you!
Christa
oodelally3 at 2007-06-30 16:41 (UTC) ()
Well, I don't know about "frolicking", but...okay, yeah, we'd probably be frolicking! Much like we did at Versailles.

You should have worn that old uniform I gave you years ago! (Have we ever figured out for sure what country it's for? Since I bought it in Estonia, I'm thinking it's probably Estonian. Just a guess. Bet they would've LOVED that!!!)
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-07-01 15:03 (UTC) ()
It was a Soviet uniform, so it doesn't matter what country it was worn in as Estonia was a Soviet republic jjust like Russia and the rest. All of the uniforms were the same. And lugging it around in my backpack probably wouldn't have been the best idea.......

You would totally frolic there, don't even try to lie!
goodsnail
goodsnail at 2007-06-30 23:37 (UTC) ()
Love the pictures. Too bad they are the last of the trip . . . I suppose all good things must come to an end.
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-07-01 15:04 (UTC) ()
Yeah, it had to finish eventually. There are, of course, hundreds and hundreds more. We just spared you the tedium and only showed the high-lights.
lovableatheist
lovableatheist at 2007-07-01 14:31 (UTC) ()
drooling.

Oh, Eisenstein!
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-07-01 15:04 (UTC) ()
Sergei was such a card!
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