The end: St. PetersburgPosted on 2007.06.29 at 22:21
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.
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.
A closer view. Probably the most amazing church we saw in Russia, and that's saying something.
The interior of the church was entirely covered with brilliant mosaic. We were astounded by the intricacy and detail of the work.
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.
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!
All the same, you have to admire the craftsmanship!
"Nicholas, you know what we need?"
"It shall be so!"
"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...."
But still......sooooooo beautiful. I can just picture my mother and sister frolicking in here, they would just love it.
Yup! You're the man, Sergei Eisenstein!
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.
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.
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.
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!