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Nevsky Prospect - St. Petersburg4443 viewsTo cross the street in either direction on Nevsky Prospect -- one of the main streets in St. Petersburg -- you need to go into this pedestrian underpass. When we did so, on a bright spring afternoon (our wedding anniversary), my camera was stolen. I'd just entered the underpass, and as my eyes adjusted to the gloom someone bumped into me quite hard, and I knew my camera was gone when my left shoulder suddenly didn't feel the weight. But there was a crowd, and no obvious villan.
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Nevsky Prospect - St. Petersburg313 viewsThis is where my wallet was stolen. This is one of the main streets in St. Petersburg, Russia. Marjorie and I were walking up the street (same direction as the girl with the yellow shoulder bag) on a sunny spring afternoon. A large man on a cell phone came out from behind the bus shelter (on the left in this photo) and blocked my path. Others crowded me from behind when I stopped suddenly, and my wallet was gone. The police didn't really care -- this is apparently typical in St. Petersburg.
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Marjorie with our Guide, Maria Smolentseva291 viewsAt Catherine's Palace in Pushkin, about 12 miles from St. Petersburg. Maria is an excellent guide, and spoke very good English.
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View from our room - Holiday Inn Garden Court, Helsinki210 viewsThe airport hotel wasn't right next to the airport -- it was a cab ride away. And it was "nestled" in this lovely warehouse district. This is the view from our room. Fortunately, we were only here for the night.
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Maria and Marjorie at the Waterfront190 viewsStanding at the waterfront of St Petersburg, with a Soviet-era apartment building in the background. Maria Smolentseva was our guide during our last day in St Petersburg.
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Battleship Aurora180 viewsA museum, moored in St. Petersburg. This battleship fired a shot (a blank) that started the 1917 revolution.
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Holiday Inn Garden Court - Helsinki Airport, Finland175 viewsBecause our inbound flight was late, we missed our connection to St. Petersburg in Warsaw. This meant a side-trip to Helsinki, and we still arrived in St. Petersburg a day late. This hotel, at the airport, was clean but basic. Nobody to help with our luggage, so Marjorie had to put it on a chair we "borrowed" from the business centre. She pushed the luggage to our tiny room on the chair.
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Marjorie (Holding My Stick) on the Nevsky Prospect170 viewsOne of the main streets in St. Petersburg.
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27th Police District, St. Petersburg159 viewsMarjorie going into the 27th Police District to report the theft of my camera --- for the second time. The first form they gave us, right after the incident, was just a lost-and-found form, so we had to enlist the help of our hotel, and go back a second day. The inside of the police station looks like the waiting room for the Gulag.
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