A brief visit to St. Petersburg & Helsinki

A few years ago I took a transatlantic cruise to Europe with the main destinations to include Russia and Finland.. If you have never been on a cruise this might not be the one for you as you will be spending seven days on water before making your first stop. However if you are not afraid you could have a great time with live entertainment, shopping, socializing meeting new friends on board with time to relax and spend some quality time with family and friends. Visiting Russia requires a visa but traveling with a cruise and if participating on one of the cruise tours you can get the visa on arrival arranged by the cruise line. I can only speak of the Princess Cruise line so if you are planning to cruise check with your specific cruise line. This cruise had a two day stay in St. Petersburg and you should know the processing on the first day takes a little time upon disembarkation. If you are planning to go on your own then you must secure your visa prior to departure.
The Hermitage Museum, in St. Petersburg, is known to be the second largest in the world second to the Louvre in Paris. It boasts four hundred rooms of art exhibits which tells you a few hours will only give you a taste. If you are planning to stay in St. Petersburg for a few days you will have the opportunity to explore more. I found some amazing architecture here in St. Petersburg and really impressive.

The Hermitage Museum
War gallery in the lobby of the museum
Lobby of the Hermitage there are seats along the wall for the weary legsu
Walking the floors of the museum
The peacock clock with three life size mechanical birds

Whenever you see pictures of St. Petersburg in advertisements or any form of media you will often see the former Orthodox Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood: now a museum. Another amazing architecture and a very popular point of interest

Peter and Paul Cathedral the oldest church
Our entertainer at lunch we had a great time with her singing and dancing with guests

During a stop in Helsinki we visited the church in the rock, Temppeliaukion, with its copper roof and a lovely pipe organ.

Entrance
altar
Pipe organ
Copper lined roof

we also made a stop at Jean Sebelius, the Finnish composer and violinist who died in 1957 and the monument was opened ten years later..

Jean Sebelius
the monument

Sharing a bit around as we toured Helsinki.

Havis Amanda fountain with the naked mermaid statue located in the market square
Havis Amanda fountain in market Square
sky wheel
Train station
Popular pasta restaurant Vapiano
Helsinki Cathedral
Live entertainment on board here Greek dancing
Vocalist and band on board

7 thoughts on “A brief visit to St. Petersburg & Helsinki

  1. I left a comment at five am, so where is it? I was just saying St Petersburg is one of my favorite cities. The hx of the Romanovs is fascinating, actually, I knew some resided in NYC a long time ago, but ,where are they now?
    The subways are like art museums, was that Moscow or St Pete? That’s the Gov’s way to steer them into thinking “All is well” and why not. Do you think art would survive in our subways?

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  2. Such wonderful memories!  Pansy was with me on this trip.  She fell just before she came back on the ship on the first day.  So the doctor told her to stay in the next day, so we had to sell our tickets to the Hermitage, the next day!The pictures you took were just a out the same l had taken, with the exception of being in the museum.I had a great time.Had a good time in Finland, too.  Visited the church, listened to the organ and had a great time there.  Took the hop-on-hop-off bus and we had a good time.  On this trip we also did Estonia (remember Mr. Gradusov, the teacher from XLCR?  he was Estonian….never thought l would have  travelled to that ‘far’ place back then!!!!) and Poland and Denmark.  Lovely time!Again, great memories!FaithSent from my Galaxy

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  3. You go my friend, this is very nice to bring your travel history to the media. It brings a lot of history that we would never see or visit. These are some very interesting places you’ve been to and thanks for sharing. I know there is a lot more to see so please bring them on. I have time to read.

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