Trip Highlights
M/S Rossiya
The Motor Vessel Rossiya
M/S Rossiya
Misha
Misha (Mikhail Smetnick), our tour director and friend.
Misha
The Great Green Group
The Great Green Group.
The Great Green Group
GPW Veterans
Three veterans of the Great Patriotic War (World War II) who spoke to tour members aboard the Rossiya.
GPW Veterans
Smolnyy Convent
Smolnyy Convent in St. Petersburg.
Smolnyy Convent
Church on Spilled Blood
Church on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg.
Church on Spilled Blood
St. Isaac's Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg.
St. Isaac's Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral
The view from just inside St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg.
St. Isaac's Cathedral
Peter and Paul Fortress
Peter and Paul Fortress with the spire of Sts. Peter and Paul church reaching into the sky in St. Petersburg.
Peter and Paul Fortress
Winter Palace
The Hermitage (Winter Palace) is in St. Petersburg.
Winter Palace
Winter Palace
This beautiful gold piece inside the Hermitage is a clock. It still works.
Winter Palace
Yusupov Palace
Scene recreated at Yusupov Palace of the Prince and Rasputin whom the prince poisoned, shot and then threw into the river, where Rasputin finally drowned.
Yusupov Palace
Pushkin Statue
Statue to Alexander Pushkin at Arts Square, St. Petersburg.
Pushkin Statue
Music School
Full orchestra at the music school in St. Petersburg.
Music School
Peterhof
The summer palace at Peterhof. All the water feeding the fountains is gravity fed from ponds and lakes outside or above the palace grounds.
Peterhof
Peterhof
View from the Summer Palace steps looking toward the Gulf of Finland.
Peterhof
Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace outside St. Petersburg.
Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace
The Great Hall of Catherine Palace, outside of St. Petersburg.
Catherine Palace
Svir Stroy
Great Patriotic War memorial and cemetery in Svir Stroy.
Svir Stroy
Petrozavodsk
Statue to Lenin, "The Great Ilich," in Petrozavodsk.
Petrozavodsk
Petrozavodsk
Main entrance to the Church of St. Alexander Nevsky in Petrozavodsk.
Petrozavodsk
Kantele
Kantele dancers in Petrozavodsk.
Kantele
Kizhi Island
The famous wooden church on Kizhi Island, Lake Onega.
Kizhi Island
White Lake Church
Flooded Krokhino church on White Lake. The Web site on the banner calls the church "The Christmas Church in Krokhino."
White Lake Church
Uglich
Church of Prince Dmitriy on Blood. Prince Dmitriy was the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible. Most believed Boris Godunov had Dmitriy murdered. Uglich on the Volga River.
Uglich
Lock Architecture
Leaving the Uglich Canal lock. The grand architecture is different at every lock.
Lock Architecture
Birch Trees
Birch trees along the Volga River.
Birch Trees
Goritsy
Goritsy Monastery of Resurrection, a convent.
Goritsy
Kirillo-Belozerskiy
Looking left to right: Church of St. Kirill (bronzed lower cupola between two domes lower than it); Assumption Cathedral (tall, green dome); Belfry at the Kirillo-Belozerskiy monastery.
Kirillo-Belozerskiy
Red Square
Red Square, looking toward St. Basil's. On the immediate right is the State History Museum. Beyond, can be one of the Kremlin towers. On the left is the GUM (State Department Store).
Red Square
Red Square
Lenin's mausoleum.
Red Square
St. Basil's
Moscow's, and perhaps Russia's, most famous icon, St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square.
St. Basil's
Kremlin Churches
Kremlin churches, left to right: Annunciation Cathedral, Cathedral of the Assumption, Archangel Michael Cathedral and the Ivan the Great Bell Tower. The tower in the foreground is called the Secret Tower because of the secret tunnels dug beneath it during its construction in 1485.
Kremlin Churches
Kremlin
The Tsar Bell, the largest bell ever cast, broke during casting. It is inside the Kremlin.
Kremlin
Moscow at Night
The Kremlin at night.
Moscow at Night
The Arbat
The Arbat.
The Arbat
Novodevich'e Cemetery
A small section of Moscow's Novodevichy Cemetery, the final resting place of famous Russians including politicians, actors and actresses, dancers, aircraft designers, military personnel and more.
Novodevich'e Cemetery
Circus
"The Great Moscow Circus."
Circus
Circus
Bactrian camels, seen here, have two humps and are from the steppes of Central Asia.
Circus
Cathedral of Christ the Savior
Cathedral of Christ the Savior, also known as Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer, in Moscow.
Cathedral of Christ the Savior
Lubyanka
The infamous KGB Headquarters at Lubyanka Square, Moscow. The prison was here.
Lubyanka
Bolshoy Theater
The Bolshoy Theater, home of the famous Bolshoy Ballet in Moscow.
Bolshoy Theater
Moscow Metro
The Metro was named for Lenin. This is the entrance at the Revolutionary and Theatre Squares station.
Moscow Metro
Museum of the Great Patriotic War
The Museum of the Great Patriotic War at Poklonnaya Hill/Victory Park, Moscow.
Museum of the Great Patriotic War
Museum of the Great Patriotic War
Hall of Memory and Sorrow, Museum of the Great Patriotic War, Moscow.
Museum of the Great Patriotic War
Armed Forces Museum
"For the Motherland." T-34, the most famous Soviet tank of the Great Patriotic War (WWII) at the Armed Forces Museum.
Armed Forces Museum
Armed Forces Museum
Model of a WWII partisan (underground) headquarters cabin in the Moscow Armed Forces Museum.
Armed Forces Museum
Golden Gate
View of the Golden Gate and the statue of Yaroslav the Wise in Kiev
Golden Gate
St. Sofia Cathedral
St. Sofia's Cathedral, Kiev
St. Sofia Cathedral
St. Michael Square, Kiev
The monument in Grandma Bert's photo portrays the apostol Andrei Pervozvanny, Grand Duchess Olga and the monks Cyril and Methodius who gave us the Cyrillic alphabet.
St. Michael Square, Kiev
Babi Yar
The memorial at Babi Yar to the 33,771 Jews murdered by the Nazis over a period of 24 to 36 hours. Residents of the area later said they heard gunfire for hours. The number killed in that short period was found in Nazi records.
Babi Yar
Kiev
Grandma Bert photographed this memorial to graduates of the artillery, naval, and air force school in Kiev during the Great Patriotic War years.
Kiev
Chernobyl Museum
In Ukraine as well as much of Europe, when leaving a town there is a diagonal line drawn through its name. In this display, the line not only indicates leaving a town, but that the town no longer exists because it was evacuated after the disaster and the people never were allowed to return.
Chernobyl Museum
Motherland Statue
The Ukrainian Museum of the Great Patriotic War (WWII) is at the end of the walk from the front of the Motherland Statue.
Motherland Statue
St. Sofia Cathedral
Grandpa Roy's photo of Stepan Scherbak playing the bandura. This guy seems to be a permanent fixture in Kiev. See http://www.pbase.com/pnd1/image/119001077, http://www.ukraine-travel-advisor.com/ukrainian-music.html and a video of him singing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUOk-3wcNro.
St. Sofia Cathedral
St. Michael's Monastery
St. Michael's Monastery, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful structures in the world.
St. Michael's Monastery
Embankment
Couples line up for their photographs at the memorial to the founders of Kiev, Kyi, Shchek and Khoryv and their sister Lybid in Navodnytsky Park. The monument was built in 1982.
Embankment
Cave Monastery
Dormition Cathedral. Original built in the 11th century. Rebuilt in the 16th and destroyed in World War II. The present cathedral was built in 2000.
Cave Monastery
Cave Monastery
Iconostasis of a side chapel of the Dormition Cathedral.
Cave Monastery