Our bus to Tallinn did not leave until 6PM so we had nearly the entire day to soak up our last bits of Saint Petersburg. We decided to check out the sphinx statues in front of the Museum of the Arts. While en-route we happened upon a military parade along the Nevsky.
As you can tell from the photos, it was a strange parade. A mixture of military equipment, uniformed soldiers and what looked like a motley crew of former soldiers. Quite the spectacle. Next up the sphinxes.
There are two sphinxes sitting in front of the Museum. They are said to be over 3500 years old – and they look pretty good for their age. A gift from the Egyptian government this pair is thought to be the most northern Egyptian sphinxes and probably the only two in the world that are regularly coated with snow during the winter.
Next it was Saint Andrew’s Cathedral.
Then more walking along the canals.
And then it was off to check out Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas.
And then it was time to make our way to the bus station where we hopped on our luxury link bus and made our way to Tallinn. For anyone who wants to travel between Saint Petersburg and Tallinn these busses are the way to go! Very inexpensive but so comfortable. The ride is a bit thrilling due to the driving ethos of Russians and Estonians but its easy to lose oneself in watching the countryside fly by and our arrival in Tallinn was so different from our arrival in Saint Petersburg. In just a six hour ride the scenery had changed and suddenly things were so much more familiar. Instead of having to drag our luggage around the station and make our way out onto the busy Saint Petersburg streets to flag down an illegal taxi, there as a line of taxis just waiting for us when we got off in Tallinn. Imagine that!