We learned that in Tallinn yesterday that several people had wallets and passports pickpocketed. Fortunately we were not among those affected.
We woke to grey skies and light rain in St. Petersburg. It rained lightly on and off through the day. Our shore excursion was not till after lunch so we spent the morning on a largely empty ship. After lunch we disembarked and visited the duty free store on the wharf. They had one litre bottles of vodka for 9 euros. We’re taking orders if you are quick enough .
After passing through immigration we found more stores. We made a note to return later after the trip. Our excursion had an English Teacher on summer vacation as our guide. She was really good. The tour took us through the city past historical buildings to a canal where we boarded a boat for a one hour canal tour, The commentary was provided by the same lady. It drizzled on and off but we managed to get some good photos. There are far too many to post on the blog. We can show you when we get back.
After the canal tour we visited a souvenir store downtown and bought a few things. No, we’re not telling if we got you something or not. Amongst their offerings were free samples of various vodkas. Darlene tried them all. The bus then took us to a Russian Orthodox Church made in the style of St Basils in Moscow. They refer to it by several names including the church of the spilled blood. It was built in 1907. We returned to the dock and visited the shops purchasing a few more goodies. Then it was back on board with our bottle of French red wine . The lovely Elisa, our cabin steward provided the corkscrew we needed.