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Crimson Sails poster

John L S, Julho 2014

A poster publicizing the Crimson Sails Concert, at 11 PM on June 20, the day we left St. Petersburg. Crimson Sails is the annual celebration of all the St. Petersburg area's high school graduates. We missed it, but saw evidence everywhere.

The Winter Palace from the Neva River

John L S, Julho 2014

:Picture taken by Barb Schmidt on our canal and river cruise. This is how Peter the Great intended people to get around in St. Petersburg - like they did in Amsterdam - by boat. His court was less than enthusiastic about it - bridges began to be built over the rivers and canals as soon as he died.

The small throne room (under renovation)

John L S, Julho 2014

The walls are normally covered with the same red velvet with silver embroidery that's visible in the alcove around the throne. They're down for renovation. Some opulence! The Tsars were already thrown out of the Palace when the October Revolution took place.

The Winter Palace

John L S, Julho 2014

Lita and Danny Schmidt entering Palace Square (where the Bolshiveks began the October Revolution in 1917. The Winter Palace is one of the 5 buildings of the State Hermitage Museum. If you spent one minute at every exhibit, it supposedly would take 11 years to see everything in it.

A view of the interior of St. Isaac's

John L S, Julho 2014

A picture of the interior of St. Isaac's Cathedral. What's ironic is that it was designed and built for the dynasty that helped defeat Napoleon, by one of Napoleon's troops.

The happy cruisers

John L S, Julho 2014

Jack, Danny and Barb Schmidt, in front of one of Amenhotep III's sphinxes, 2 of which stand on the Neva, where they've been for the past 200 years. Lita, our wonderful tour guide took the picture. In front of the Academy of Fine Arts.

The dome of St. Isaac's, St. Petersburg

John L S, Julho 2014

The dome of St. Isaac's. Basically visible from all over the city. The original gilding is on the dome - 3 layers of gold, applied to copper by burning off mercury from the amalgam that was painted on - only killed 60 people doing it in the mid 19th C. Wow!