>St Petersburg, Russia
As I said before, the ship supplies a wonderful lecture series that coincide with the ports we are going to. They are later televised, which is great for working stiffs like myself who don’t have the time or ambition to attend in person. They are my soap opera – I hang on every word, and am even known to watch them whilst on the treadmill in the gym.
After watching a lecture about the fall of the Czar during 1917, I was very interested to see where their final remains lay, so I went to the Peter and Paul fortress to see the last of the Romanov’s
During the 1917 revolution the Romanov’s were round up and shot, and their bones lay in a heap under guard day and night for 70 years. When communism was finally over, the Romanov’s remains were to be moved to church inside the Peter and Paul fortress, with the rest of the royal family.
But two sets of bones were missing. That of the young Hemophiliac prince, and one of the young Princesses.
Could it be that the jewels sewn inside their clothing saved them from the bullets and bayonets? Did Anastasia really survive?
Actually, they think it might have been one of the other princesses who survived, but no-one knows.
It is free to get into the Peter and Paul Fortress, and a small fee (around $5) to get into the church. The church houses a bunch of coffins where various royals lie.
I have noticed this statue of Lenin a couple of times, driving up Moskovski Prospect in a taxi. I noticed it was at a metro station, and a couple of years ago I finally found it. Alas, I had no camera that day. The statue and surrounding square were a lot more decrepit back then.
I had a vague recollection of where to go – I took the blue line and got off at the wrong stop again. Walking up Moskovski Prospect, I finally found the statue at the next stop – Moskovskaya.
(Up the street from this stop, across the street from the Hotel Pulkovskaya is a giant war monument that is quite moving, and a museum underneath it. It is worth seeing.)
What’s that Vlad’s got in his hand, is that a hat? It looks just like the hat I’m wearing today, I thought.
I found a Kvas stand. It’s a malted Rye beverage.
Made from bread, it’s supposed to be healthy and refreshing, with a high vitamin B and suitable for children. I thought it was only lightly alcoholic, but found myself sleepy and drunk after a small glass.
Maybe that explains the Russians and their high alcohol tolerance. They get trained early on Kvass! I will have to keep practicing.
Time for another Blini pancake!