It has changed names several times in its history and was once the capital of Russia
This has to be one of the most famous sights associated with this city and this is the Church of the Spilled Blood and it is beautiful.
The domes are covered in gold leaf and it is truly a spectacular sight to behold
Going inside this church is a must as it is just as beautiful inside as it is out.
But I must warn you of Pick Pockets here as in any big city and you won't know about it until they are well gone ... with your wallet.
There is so much to see and do here and it is a really busy city with lots of slow moving traffic.
Two days was not nearly long enough to see all the wonderful sights
But another place to visit is the Winter Palace and I could have spent hours in there looking around the rooms.
The walls here are white and gold and the floor is simply wonderful.
I don't have the space to show you all the pictures I took and they do not do justice to what your eyes can see.
Never the less I hope you have enjoyed just a little glimpse into Russia
Our guide told us it would take 12 years to see all the things in here and of course they are not all on display at the same time.
It was wonderful inside and I could have spent hours in there ... but our time was limited
The reason it is a painting is because the actual building is covered in scaffolding and polythene as the restoration work is carried out in the summer months.
This is Smolny Convent and it was originally built as a church.
But the story our guide told us is that someone committed suicide and so it was never consecrated and therefore it couldn't be used as a church and these days it is used as a convent instead.
The story of Anastasia has been romanticised down the years saying that she survived when the her family where murdered by the Bolsheviks on 1917
But her remains where found with the rest of her family when they where found in 1998
It was a very sad tribute to them and very beautifully kept in lovely surroundings
Russia is a place that you cannot visit unless you have a visa but if you are on a cruise then the visa is done for you by the cruise company.
It is is so well worth it and the opulence of this city will amaze you.
These pictures do not show the real colors of this wonderful city
Now to bring you back to present day this is to let you know that I will be on Create and Craft at 9am tomorrow the 20th August. Then later in the day I have a two hour show at 12 noon so please join me if you can
More tomorrow ...