8th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day 7 & Day 8 St Petersburg, Russia

8th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day 7 & Day 8 St Petersburg, Russia

The 8th Unlock the Past cruise continues, and the Day 7 (Friday 17 July 2015) and Day 8 (Saturday 18 July 2015) stop at St Petersburg, Russia marked the half-way point.

I know that St Petersburg is the highlight for so many, both those on this cruise, and others in general. However as Russia was never a place I wanted to visit, and we weren’t allowed off the ship without being part of an orgagnised tour, I choose to save my money and have a quiet two days on the ship. Trust me, that felt wierd. I’m used to having to keep track of where I have to be, at what time. So to wake up in the morning and have no talks to think about until the evening on both days was really was bizarre. I’m not sure I like this “no plans” thing. I’ve always said that I reckon that going on a regular (non-genealogy) cruise would be boring, because what do you do? Sleep, eat, read, wander around, play games, sunbake, oh and swim. Anyway I wondered if I’d be able to fill my days. Surprisingly I did. A bit of reading, some interneting, some blogging, exploring of the boat, and a massage – and suddenly the day is gone.

As I never foot on Russian soil, my photos for my St Petersburg days are going to be very different to everyone elses, including the other geneabloggers. They have photos of museums, cathedrals, castles and other elaborate over-the-top buildings galore, so be sure to keep an eye for them when they get back and write about the cruise.

You’ll see that my photos are from views from the ship. Photos of things on the ship, and also photos of Kronstadt, the Russian fort islands, which we passed through as we left Russia. For more on these, check out Wikipedia. Unfortunately the weather turned grey by that time, so the photos aren’t very pretty, but I still wanted to share them with you.

view of the sea arriving at St Peterburg, Russia - taken 17 July 2015

view of the sea arriving at St Peterburg, Russia – taken 17 July 2015

we've arrived at St Petersburg

we’ve arrived at St Petersburg

buses taking tourists on tours at St Petersburg - I loved the centre of the roundabout

buses taking tourists on tours at St Petersburg – I loved the centre of the roundabout

is was Russian Day in the Oceanview cafe - so amongst the regular range of choices int he buffet, there was a number of Russian dishes

is was Russian Day in the Oceanview cafe – so amongst the regular range of choices int he buffet, there was a number of Russian dishes

red, white or blue martinis anyone?

red, white or blue martini anyone?

St Petersburg from the ship

St Petersburg from the ship

everyone was onshore, so I had a choice of the lounge chairs, deck chairs or a hammock

everyone else was onshore, so I had a choice of the lounge chairs, deck chairs or a hammock

afternoon tea

afternoon tea

some of the shops on the Celebrity Eclipse. They were closed as the ship was in port. Also expect lots of zero's on the prices of most items

some of the shops on the Celebrity Eclipse. They were closed as the ship was in port. Also expect lots of zero’s on the prices of most items

Russian chocolate that Helen bought for me

Helen found some chocolate for me onshore – so I have Russian chocolate

our ship was one of 7 ships in port at St Petersburg

our ship was one of 7 ships in port at St Petersburg

more of the 7 ships in port at St Petersburg

more of the 7 ships in port at St Petersburg

Alan Phillips, Rosemary Kopittke and Eric Kopittke after the evening talk while docked at St Petersburg

Alan Phillips, Rosemary Kopittke and Eric Kopittke after the evening talk while docked at St Petersburg

old naval ships at Kronstadt, Russia

old naval ships at Kronstadt, Russia

Naval Cathedral of St Nicholas at Kronstadt, Russia

Naval Cathedral of St Nicholas at Kronstadt, Russia

one of a number of dilapidated buildings on the Kronstadt islands

one of a number of dilapidated buildings on the Kronstadt islands

warships left in a scrap pile

warships left in a scrap pile

a fort at Kronstadt, Russia

a fort at Kronstadt, Russia

a fort at Kronstadt - this is a complete island in itself

another fort at Kronstadt – this is a complete island in itself

our ship passed this tiny little boat at we left St Petersburg, and it looked tiny all the way down there, though it doesn't look it as this is heavily zoomed in

our ship passed this tiny little boat at we left St Petersburg, and it looked tiny all the way down there, though it doesn’t look it as this is heavily zoomed in

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