This German cruise ship and the ....
... Norwegian Star were already in port to greet us
Neil Walker, our Aussie buddy, eager to meet the TJ Travel folks in the terminal
He organized 5 tour groups (each with 16 people) using TJ upon my recommendation
There is a feeling of tension in the air as we wait to get through Russian immigration
Meeting Nina our group's guide for the next two days
It was cool and overcast as we headed from the port into the city
The Russian Navy had many ships and subs anchored on the Neva River
We passed many of the major sites within the city. St Issac's Cathedral looms large in the background
Next we visited a brand new subway station....
... passed thru the gates...
... and travelled 22 stories underground to reach the train platform
Nina explained the different routes to us
No graffiti to be found anywhere
Putin had just closed the Moscow Mc D's in retaliation but these here were still open
The famous Mariinsky Ballet performs here
We headed near the Hermitage Museum to queue up for a boat trip...