Last day in Saint Petersburg


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.

The Museum of Arts

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.

We thought this guy could used a little accessorizing.

Next it was Saint Andrew’s Cathedral.

Saint Andrew's Church

Then more walking along the canals.

The famous Opera House - Mariinsky Theater

Mariinsky Theater

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!

About Rebecca

Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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2 Responses to Last day in Saint Petersburg

  1. Cindy Archibald Bruni says:

    Rebecca,
    I thoroughly enjoy your HH posts! It’s ALMOST as good as being there. Because most of us probably will never see these places and people LIVE, armchair (laptop) travel is the next best thing! THANK YOU for the opportunity to accompany you on your most fascinating journey!

    Love,
    Cindy

    PS That pix of Scotty is awfully cute as well!

  2. Katie says:

    That Naval Cathedral is amazing, the colors are…wow! (looked I have already switched back from ‘colours’ to ‘colors’) 😦

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