Russia, the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. It’s famous for Moscow’s Bolshoi and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky ballet companies. St. Petersburg, founded by Russian leader Peter the Great, has the baroque Winter Palace, now housing part of the State Hermitage Museum’s art collection.
We visited Russia in July 2017 on a Baltic Cruise (Royal Caribbean, Serenade of the Seas). We explored St. Petersburg and surrounding areas, including Pushkin. We also visited the Amber Museum, Hermitage Museum, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and the Winter Palace.