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Published: July 21st 2018
Hermiage From a Bridge
Early in the "gazillion" miles walk we took a picture of the Hermitage. Really nice house Peter's daughter built.
Your trusty travelers had two exhausting days in St. Petersburg. A ton of walking, but most thankfully the city is flatter than a pancake. Pete usurped the land upon which the city was built from the then powerful country of Sweden who attacked him through Poland and the Baltic countries. He eventually defeated Sweden during the summer campaign of 1709 and continued construction of his magnificent city. Indeed the city is magnificent. The roads are wide and arrow straight. Buildings majestic, yet we wonder their condition and use during the soviet era. Our street is the very long Nevsky Prospekt, which is filled with commercial enterprises interspersed with historical buildings and monuments. These capitalistic shops were not here in 1955, we feel sure.
We have a couple of pictures as we walked "a gazillion miles" according to Bird, and spent many hours in the Hermitage. Peter's daughter and other rulers lived here, but it is now a very large museum. The Russian Versailles? Well yes, it is every bit as grand-and exquisitely expensive. The result of this opulence was identical for the rulers of each country.
The remainder of our trip consists of two overnight ferries, today to Helsinki
Peter and Paul Fortress
On our way to the fort and church within.
and tomorrow on to Stockholm. We then spend a couple of more days there. Have yet to see the Vasa, which was a very large Swedish warship that sank on its maiden voyage. That will be our last post. Fly home Wednesday. Yes, we are ready.
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