We were fortunate to do a one day tour of St. Petersburg, Russia. We had a day and evening only as we were on a Cruise. The different Museums and above all, please tour Queen Catherine's Winter and Summer Palaces. They are not to be missed. Overwhelming and magnificent. The rooms and furniture, the paintings, the ballrooms in the Palace are something to see to believe. Gorgeous grounds and flowers were in bloom. Sumptuous in every way. Russian food is different to European food. Very tasty and different and huge amounts. The guides are fluent in English. We visited the St. Petersburg Synagogue which was palatial in every way. Jewish life has begun again in Russia after so much persecution. The city center boasts of beautiful shops with upmarket clothing and shoes. Every building we visited and drove past was architecturally spectacular. We were breathless. The date we visited was August 2012. Very pleasant weather.
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