Saint Petersburg

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Pechory Monastery

Pskov… They took us to Pechory Monastery. Once again this monastery was founded in caves, so we had a walk around there. That afternoon they took us to a traditional Russian Banya (Sauna/steam room) basically you sit in a very small very hot room until you can’t stand it anymore, then you run down to the lake and jump in.

The next day we headed for St Petersberg, where the first entertainment was Swan Lake! Unfortunately we weren’t as cultured as we were trying to be and so didn’t really understand what was going on. It was a good experience, but not one that any of us are planning on repeating any time soon.
 
The next day we headed into the city centre for a bus tour. Unfortunately the traffic was against us and we spent most of the morning stuck in traffic.

Cossack show
The city though is really beautiful, and much more tourist friendly than Moscow (ie more signs in Roman script and more English spoken!). We saw the Bronze Horseman, the Church of Spilled blood, the hermitage and many of the cities famous bridges. We also went to the hermitage (winter palace) and had a ‘highlight’ tour, which was a bit long for us all, as it was all European art (once again we aren’t cultured enough). That night we headed to the Cossack show. We were running a little late so sat in the 2nd row, and Hamish was a bit paranoid about being pulled up on stage (as our friends had been on an earlier tour), but at half time they gave us vodka and wine so the 2nd half was much more relaxed! The show was really really good, with lots of crazy Russian singing and dancing.
Fountains at the Peterhof
On the way home Hamish and Bryce decided it was time to head off to see some 'Russian entertainers' but the experience was a little disappointing! The girls just headed back to the hotel for some more vodka (yes there is a theme)!
 
The last day in St Petersburg we visited Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St Isaac’s Cathedral and then had some famous Russian beef stroganoff for lunch, then headed to Peterhof, the summer palace and gardens of Peter the Great, which are filled with gravity powered fountains, and lots of gold statues etc.
 
That night being the last night we had to go out with a bang, so we had booked a big night out, starting with a boat tour on the canals and rivers of the city, where we started on the vodka, then headed to a nightclub, which had strippers as well ��" where things got a little bit crazy! We definitely finished the last night with a bang!

So that was the end of Russia, back to Cambridge and the joys of work.

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Pechory Monastery
Pechory Monastery
Cossack show
Cossack show
Fountains at the Peterhof
Fountains at the Peterhof
Church of Spilled blood
Church of Spilled blood
Another Church.....
Another Church.....
Hermitage
Hermitage