I absolutely love the metro in St Petersburg. The builds are impressive and they had a team of people doing a thorough job of cleaning the escalators (I am sure that someone cleans stuff on the Tube but I’ve never seen it).
Under the Soviets, St Isaac’s was turned into the Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism. It is still a museum, although there was a service going on in the left hand chapel.
The Church on the Spilled Blood is rather more exotic (to my way of thinking).
I took a few photos but:
- almost certainly there will be much better photos of it taken by someone else;
- it was very crowded so quite a few of my photos were mainly Chinese tourists wielding selfie sticks; and
- there is a limit to how many photos I could be arsed to take.
I found the ceilings the most impressive.
M pointed out that, even if they wanted to, the tsars wouldn’t have gone into most of the rooms because there wouldn’t have been time in the day.
It got to the point where I was becoming indifferent to rooms covered in gold leaf. The chandeliers were beautiful – they must have had a team of servants whose job it was to clean and light them.
One thing I did notice about St Petersburg was how lovely their lilac is. I must have come at exactly the right time because my lilac has gone over but all their lilac was looking terrific.
It takes a while for lilac to grow to be this size. They must have great gardeners. Plus, I love the way they’ve put different coloured lilac next to each other. I might try this in either London or the IoW. It won’t look like this though.
So I had a great time in Russia. Here are some photos.
I’m off to Russia! Will post again when I am back.
On Saturday, we met up with my husband’s family. My kids were really happy – my son told his cousins that he’d really missed them.
We went for a walk in Ashridge to find some bluebells. This is a really nice spot – from memory, Elizabeth I owned the estate before she became queen. It is very muddy though so bring wellies.