Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Wordless Wednesday - Peterhof Palace.

Peterhof Palace.

The Menager Fountain.

The Cascade.

You can see these and more photos from Peterhof Palace on my original post of our 2014 cruise.

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I am joining Sandee at Comedy Plus for the blog hop.

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Wordy Wednesday - St. Petersburg, Russia.

As we will never revisit Russia I thought I would do it with selected posts from our 2014 cruise.
The embankment on the Neva River with one of the pair of Sphinx in the background.

I hadn't realised how old the Sphinx were until I looked it up. I knew they had come from Egypt originally but was amazed to learn how old they were. This is what I read about them:

"The two magnificent sphinxes on Unversitetskaya Naberezhnaya (University Embankment), in front of the Academy of Fine Arts, are roughly 3,500 years old and are considered among the finest examples of Ancient Egyptian colossal sculpture kept outside Egypt. They once stood on the Alley of Sphinxes in front of the tomb of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For nearly two centuries, however, it has been the waters of the River Neva rather than the Nile that reflect in their bottomless eyes."
"The sphinxes were discovered during excavations in the 1820s, and were soon written about by the great French Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion. At the beginning of the 1830s, they were bought in France on behalf of the Russian Emperor and shipped to St. Petersburg. Carved from pink granite, the sphinxes weigh around 23 tons each, and the great neo-classical architect Konstantin Ton designed their pedestals and the granite pier, with its bronze lamps and griffins."

One of the gryphons (griffins).

The English Embankment.

The Imperial Academy of Arts on the Academy Quay of the Neva River.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023

(Not) Wordless Wednesday - St. Petersburg

 These photos are from the first time we visited Russia in 2014.

If you do your own thing in Russia you need to get a visa, not that many people would want to under the current conditions in that part of the world now! The ships tell you that you have to take their tours but that is not true. We booked with a registered Russian tour company and had eight in our group as opposed to ship tours with forty people.

St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral built in 1753.

We weren't allowed to take photos so I stood in the doorway with the flash turned off and hoped no-one would notice.

I took so many photos there so more will most likely be appearing here. I am glad I did though as we obviously will never return there.

I am joining Sandee at Comedy Plus for the blog hop.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Wordless Wednesday.

Our second and now obviously final visit in 2018 to St. Petersburg, Russia.

 The Lakhta Center is an 87-storey skyscraper built in the northwestern neighbourhood of Lakhta in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Standing 462 metres tall, it is the tallest building in Russia, the tallest building in Europe, and the sixteenth-tallest building in the world.

The second day we were there England were playing Croatia in the football World Cup semi finals (they lost!). We had been asked if we wanted tickets but declined, and looking at the huge queues I am very glad we did.

I am joining Sandee at Comedy Plus for the blog hop.