Our wonderful cruise was over. We were off the ship around 9:00 a.m. and squished into a taxi heading downtown to our hotel. The driver took us on some strange route that had us looking at each other in puzzlement, but all of a sudden we popped out into familiar territory. Our rooms weren't ready, so we went out in search of coffee.
Now here's a familiar picture with different players. Two guys looking at a map...at least they aren't pointing in different directions! The coffee in this little cafe was excellent.
It rained most of the day and when it cleared around 5:00 p.m., Mike and I went up to the Colonnade in St. Isaac’s Cathedral to walk around the observation deck. Only 262 steps up for the cost of 100 rubles.
The dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. The gilded cupola took more than 100 kg of gold leaf to cover and it can be seen from all over the city. The church itself is an architectural marvel, built to be the main church of the Russian Empire. The cathedral took 40 years to complete (1818-1858) and was decorated in the most elaborate way possible.