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St Petersburg - Saturday, 6 September 2014

Cruise the city's canals

sunny 18 °C

Sleep in this morning, late breakfast and down in the Tsar Lounge at 9am for our departure briefing. All normal. 18 of us are continuing on to the Baltic States and we will be leaving for the railway station at 10 am tomorrow, which will just be like a normal morning for us.

On the bus at 10 am for our St Petersburg river and canals cruise. You certainly get a different view of this beautiful city from the water. Our cruise lasted for one hour and each bus had their own boat. It was nice.


Back on the bus and back to the ship. A few couples stayed in the city but we decided to come back to the ship for lunch and then walk down to the porcelain factory. It was quite a long way from the ship but worth the effort. The display room was full of lovely things. I found a couple of small bowls in the dark blue, white and gold that is the traditional pattern of Russian porcelain and bought them. Then we walked all the way up to the metro. We called in to a supermarket for a look and a Russian guy was trying to speak with us in Russian but we couldn't understand him and I don't think we wanted to anyway, because he was a bit spaced out on something and he was probably asking us for money.

There is an APT boat alongside now that arrived a couple of days after us. They have 270 passengers on board so compared to our 98, it quite big. We are very happy on our size ship.

Now the ordeal that is packing begins!

We had our final dinner on the ship with Jim and Jose, Clare and William. I gave Svetlana a little gift and some of the wooden animals for her daughter Sophie.

Posted by gaddingabout 00:03 Archived in Russia

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