We slept well except for the ongoing construction at the building across the street. It's the time in Russia called White Nights where, for several weeks, it doesn't really get dark. The workers are taking advantage of this by working...all night.
Sometimes when you book a tour guide on-line, it can be an iffy proposition. Jim and Marg were checking something out while we waited for our guide, Viktoria, to arrive.
(A note I must make here: Moscow and St. Petersburg and all the cities we visited in between are the wire capitals of the world. Without electricity poles, wires are strung from building to building and many of my photos ended up showing masses of wires. If I waited to photoshop all of them, I never would have started the blog, so apologies in advance. In also didn't help that I took this out the back window!)
Because we would be seeing the major tourist attractions on ship's tours, we asked Viktoria to take us to other places. She chose to bring us to Izmailovsky Park, where Peter the Great grew up, and a favourite place of relaxation for people who live in Moscow (Muscovites).
Silver Island was a man-made island where the Romanov household was established in the 1660s. Here Peter learned to sail, which started his lifelong passion resulting in Russia becoming a maritime power.
The streets around the hotel...