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Everywhere we look we have been spoilt with golden domed Russian Orthodox churches glinting in the sun, dramatic yet rather austere statues and classical elegant buildings. It is a beautiful city and deserves the much used title ‘
Prior our last passport control check, I procure a rather wonderful Russian hat that will be most useful in wintry times and walk between our ship and the well guarded little Russian sub for the final walk up the gangway with the Russian flags flying on our ship as it is customary to fly the flag of our host country whilst in port. As we leave we can see the cruise liner docked alongside us has many people waving and from the lower decks a pair of giant red hands appear to bid us farewell. It seems that a few of our crew know their crew and being here for three days has facilitated a few reunions. The stewards, waiters, busboys and many other crew are all Filipino and some have family and friends onboard. I was told that Filipino people have excellent seafaring skills and adjust much better to life on board than many other nationalities, I don’t know if that’s true but I’ve never been anywhere where the staff are so smiley and welcoming and they must work incredibly long hours whilst we’re enjoying ourselves.
Our steward, Ernie is an exceptional example of that. We see him several times a day as he services the cabin in the morning, delivers the daily news around lunchtime and then later the next day’s itinerary. And then whilst we dine in the evening he turns down the beds, switches on the lights and delivers chocolates. And at random times throughout the day if he spots you approaching your cabin he’ll rush ahead to open the door to save you fumbling for your own key.
I can’t imagine when he ever gets time to himself however he does admit that he was able to disembark whilst in St Petersburg and do for a MacDonald’s, he seemed especially pleased with this particular excursion. I reserve judgement on that treat!
Talking of treats M and I have somehow managed to amass 10 eggs between us, though 2 of my five are for presents and two of hers are earrings.
As we'd enjoyed a Beef Strogonoff last night in Moscow, I selected "Chicken Kiev" Fried Crumbed Chicken Breast Filled with Garlic and Herb Butter, Green Beans, Carrot Sticks and Sliced Roasted Potatoes.
And for a Russian dinner finale we had Moskovs Kaya - Parfait with Chocolate Sauce.
I can definitely say that I departed from Russia with love, love for such a beautiful, intriguing and majestic place. I am so glad I've had the opportunity to make its acquaintance albeit only fleetingly.