In the beginning of our last contract on board the Emerald Princess, we traveled to St. Petersburg Russia on two separate occasions. We spent several days exploring the neighborhoods between the port area, the Hermitage, Nevsky Prospect, an afternoon on a bicycle and more.
From an outsider perspective and being an American, the thought of actually visiting Russia, the former Soviet Union was pretty amazing. Mind boggling to think that I would actually see in person the famed onion domed buildings shown in the copies of Life, National Geographic and Times magazines I stared into the pages of so often as a child. It was unbelievable standing on the bridges listening to the locals sell tours of the river system the city is set upon. Their voices sounding particularly monotone as if this is the droll of the city’s heartbeat.
We visited the famous Church of the Spilled Blood. Our meeting point for the shuttle on one of the weeks was right in front of the Peter the Great statue and across the street from the most sacred dome covered in all the gold the state of Alaska could buy, the famed St. Isaac’s Cathedral.