The ship had a lecturer talking about Russian culture, history, anything Russian. She was an amazing speaker and Jim attended all of her lectures. I went to her last one after his continual raving about her. He was right...she was captivating. This one statement she made will stick in my mind whenever I think of Russia. She was asked how the Russians feel about the invasion of western culture, with all the fast food outlets. Her reply was "Let there be Starbucks. Let there be McDonald's. Don't let there be war." I just about cried. The Russian people have been amazing...kind, helpful, and passionate about their country. They made our cruise the most amazing experience.
It was our last day before heading home and we still hadn't seen the Church on the Spilled Blood up close. Also, we had been told a canal cruise is a must-do, so off we went.
Hey, I took the same photo last night. I obviously love this view.
I tried to get a picture from every angle. It is just stunning...
The Panteleimonovsky Bridge...a wooden bridge originally stood here, replaced in 1824 with a chain bridge, and then replaced with this bridge in 1914 with its ornate gilt-covered railings.