Our first day in Russia we were awaken by a brass band playing when the saints come marching in on the dock beneath our window we went on two excursions. In the morning we toured Catherine the Greats Palace, we were not to impressed, very ornate, all the walls were covered in gold leaf. Gaudy. The outside walls need a good paint job, they are and peeling but the garden was beautiful. In the afternoon we took a Life Experience tour. Which consisted of a Subway ride, Saint Petersburg has the deepest subway stations in the world we had to go down this escalator that makes Atlanta’s airport seem like a midget, you were on it for at for at least 6 minutes, it felt like you were going to the middle of the earth.
Then we then visited a typical supermarket, nothing like the states. The middle has nothing but counters of veggies and fruit about a dozen different vendors, selling the same thing. Nothing but fresh meat on the back wall. No can goods. And no shopping carts it seems like a hard place to shop for groceries. Then we made our way past beggars, street vendors and pickpockets to good to a Russian Restaurant for Tea and pastry. Today we visited the Czar’s winter palace, again another building full of priceless art, in need of pressure cleaning and paint. Actually this whole city could use pressure cleaning and painting. Our guide told us that the city was spruced up last year for its 300th anniversary can’t imagine what it was like before. Overall we were very under whelmed by our visit here We found Saint Petersburg dark, dank and depressing and this is the middle of summer it must be something in the dead of winter.
Russian street scene