Finally arrive in Moskovskiy Station in St. Petersburg, which is capped off with a huge Christmas tree!
Despite the bitter cold (it was about -11 C), tons of people out on the streets all day and night. They are used to even colder temperatures this time of year!
We meet our CS host Angela, who takes us to this huge shopping center near the station to help dupe some of her co-workers!
Near Mayakovskaya Metro (cool how so many of the Metro stations have the same names as those in Moscow)...
A brilliant winter sunset begins...
totally frozen canals!
This old shop was simply awesome!
interesting window displays...
very interesting shop was filled with customers...
St. Petersburg sunset
Inside the packed shop, which had a huge palm tree in the center!
exploring the aisles
It's very cold, and not even night yet!
Outside the very non-church-looking Kazan Cathedral, which is actually a working mega-church in the center of the city...
dusk in the park outside the large Admiralty building
kids frolicking in the snow inside this huge fountain
Hanging out with some local friends of Anna's...
Good times, and great semi-underground restaurant with huge portions of delicious food for less than half of what they'd cost in Moscow!
in the underground restaurant
checking out another cafeteria
That building to the left, with the Christmas lights down the side, is apparently where Snowden works...
trying out an ice-phone
interesting shopping center
hanging out with CS host and her gothic friends
Mayakovskaya Metro station looks a little different than it did in the summer.
Ploschad Vosstaniya Metro station
awww a little baby rides the Metro!
sporting my Dynamo wear in enemy territory!
Switching Metro lines again...
Our stop, near the Winter Palace...
WOW!!! Look at the line out of the Hermitage museum, it was likely about 1km (1km!!!) OUT of the museum. Predicted waits of over 3 hours, in -10C cold. No thanks.
To the left is the Hermitage, one of Russia's most famous museums, and stretching out of it is a line of people (this is only about half the actual line!!!!). Again, no thanks.
Standing on the completely frozen Neva River... good times!
Walking around on the frozen river, looks a lot different than it did this summer!
The Peter and Paul Fortress across the frozen Neva River.
Several champagne bottles, presumably from New Year's celebrations, tossed out on the ice...
walking along the frozen riverfront
scenes from the Neva Riverfront
the ice-river... and yes, it's bitterly cold!
The horseman statue outside the unbelievable St. Isaac's Cathedral...
Inside St. Isaac's Cathedral, didn't make it here this summer but it's well worth a visit, awesome inside!
Adam and Eve painting beyond the chandelier.
Directly under the dome...
... the search for the World's Creepiest SuperBaby continues...
under the dome of St. Isaac's!
beautiful wall and ceiling murals
Hanging out in the crowded mega-cathedral... good shelter from the nearly unbearable cold outside.