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St Petersburg, Russia - Day 2

Saturday, 6 September 2014

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I was up in time to watch the Queen Victory slip into an adjacent berth while the sun rose despite having much less sleep than I'm used to. After breakfast we spent some time finishing off a number of chores we were too tired to complete last night.

We had nothing planned until our booked Shore Excursion at 13:50. This outing featured a cruise on a river boat on the river and canals of the city. As most of the significant buildings were designed to look out over water this cruise provided a unique perspective. The weather was still excellent but the sun was behind many of the buildings and prevented decent images.

We were back aboard about 15 minutes before the scheduled "All Aboard" time of 17:30. We freshened up a little and had dinner where we said farewell to our waiter of the past week. He's returning to his family after a solid nine months on the job.

After dinner we rugged up and went up to Deck 17 to watch the ship pass through the gap in the 'flood defence' structure which protects the city from high storm tides. Our ship was the largest to have passed through these gates.

Another adjustment to our clocks as we claw back some of the time lost since leaving Copenhagen. It gives us an extra hour of sleep.

We are due to arrive in Helsinki at 07:00 tomorrow.

There's an image of this morning's sunrise at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-09-06

Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 10:16 Archived in Russia

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Your two days in St. Petersburg sound like a step back in history. The magnificent buildings you must have seen (based on that shot yesterday) are something most of us just see in a book. Love the idea of cruising the canals to see up close some of these buildings.

by milaniet

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