September 4, 2019. I have arrived a day before the tour starts, so I spend my extra time exploring St. Petersburg on foot. Just outside our hotel is the beautiful St. Isaacs Cathedral.
I walk the few blocks to the Neva River, passing the monumental statue of Peter the Great.
What started out to be a cloudy day gives way to sunshine, and the golden ornamentation on the buildings really gleams.
Tonight we have a welcome party, and our tour will officially be off and running!