Today wasn’t quite what we expected. Our tour was meant to pick us up at 930. Well we couldn’t even disembark until 930 much less complete passport control! We finally reached our group at 11 am. Our guide rushed through the city tour in order to get us to Catharine’s Palace in time to see it. 

After that, we began dropping off at hotels. Ours is amazing. Best hotel we’ve rated at so far. Our bay window overlooks the indoor restaurant that looks like it’s outside, we have two chairs, an ottoman, and an end table. We have a tv. The shower has a waterfall head and there is also a towel heater. Getting back on the boat will be rough. 

After checking in, we ate and headed to Mikhaylovsky Square, where our ballet was going to be. 

On the way, we stopped by the Church of the Spilled Blood for some photos. 

😍😍😍 Isn’t it beautiful?!??

Our theatre was gorgeous too. It was called the Mikhailovsky Theatre, or in Russian-

They were undergoing restoration so the outside was covered. We actually ended up on the wrong side of the building and had to get directions to the entrance!

The inside was amazing. We were on, I believe, the third level above the floor. 

Ashamedly, we only stayed for the first two acts. We had to walk back to the hotel and were nervous about having to walk back at 10:30 at night plus the chairs were very close together and the room was warm. I would have LOVED to stay for the whole thing. It was amazing!!! Everyone was so talented, but what else would you expect from a Russian ballet?

Overall, even with the kinks in the early part of the day, St Petersburg gets four gold stars. I have no doubt it’ll earn its fifth tomorrow when we visit Hermitage and Peterhof.