Jim and Elsie’s 1978 Tour – Day 58

Sunday, 28 May 1978

Fine, warm 19o

City tour of Novorogod [sic]. Large residential industrial area. Water carts in some areas. Visited Kremlin. Teenagers participating in competition for marching, turning.

Our group being conducted around [Novgorod] Kremlin

Eternal flame and unknown soldier guarded by 2 boys and 1 girl – 30 minute shifts – every day of the week. In the Kremlin grounds of the city – museums, tanks to the defence of the city.

Very high and impressive monument to 1000 years of the city. Military leaders through the period and scenes of activities of people.

Monument for 1000 years of the city

Large cathedral of St Sofia – 3 domes, large iconostans [sic] – heavy pillars.

To Leningrad Old Hotel Astoria. H&C water (no. B & toil). Meals at Hotel Europa about 1 mile away. Lunch at 3.00.

Visited the Hermitage at 4 o’clock – old palace of the Tsars. Huge gilded reception rooms, ball rooms, dining rooms. Examples of art and antiquity from many countries. Marble pillars, vases, dishes, fonts, marble wall.

Walked down to the river.

During the day the streets were crowded with people.