Like Amsterdam, Saint Petersburg has rings of canals and rivers to help drain the land. English-speaking tours stopped for the year on September 30, our first day in Saint Petersburg, so we took that boat cruise. The weather was cold, and leaves were turning yellow.
The cruise started on the Fontanka River near the Fabergé Museum.
The water was too high to pass under some canal bridges, so the boat headed out to the Neva River and the principal sights of Saint Petersburg.
The cruiser Aurora, now a museum, is famous for firing the shot that signaled the assault on the Winter Palace, the beginning of the October Revolution in 1917.
Across the Neva River from Saint Petersburg, the Peter and Paul fortress was built to protect Saint Petersburg from attack by the Swedes.
This Egyptian sphinx is one of a pair purchased from the French. The sphinxes came from a temple outside Luxor, Egypt.
The Winter Palace, now part of the Hermitage Museum, enjoys a choice waterfront spot on the Neva River.
Back on the Fontanka, trees of the Summer Garden are starting to change color, and bridges span the river.
A boat tour is a wonderful introduction to Saint Petersburg, with its rivers, canals, and pretty buildings and bridges.