|Church of Spilled Blood - St. Petersburg|
|Cars and Canals - Notes Mercedes CLS left of the bridge|
Interestingly, if you visit enter Russia as part of an oprganized tour (such as an on-shore excursion from a cruise ship) you don't need a visa.
However, if you plan to explore on your own, or depart from the organized tour for any reason, you will need visa issued in your home country BEFORE you depart! Check before you leave, because if you are sans visa, you won't be allowed in.
|Lada - in relatively good condition|
However, there's a surprising number of expensive modern cars tooling around, with an oligarch or two at the wheel, looking very prosperous.
All the traffic lights in the city have countdown timers to tell both the pedestrians and the traffic how long before the light turns Red.
The statue of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin outside government buildings is striking, but ignored by Russians, and only of interest to tourists.
A couple of locals in the city of Pushkin, and an old Volga. Note the excessive rear overhang.
Catherine's Summer Palace in Pushkin is a must-see. The palace interior is huge and it only has one fully-restored section, but the grounds are beautful and an ideal setting for weddings.
|Panel fit doesn't rank in importance, just reliability|
Crowds and coaches lining up for the massive turnover of tourists at The Hermitage, which is also a must-see on a visit to St. Petersburg. Go with a tour, casual entry is exorbitent.
|Who knows how long this has been sitting outside one of the biggest of the city's department stores!|