Jim and Elsie’s 1978 Tour – Day 59

Monday, 29 May 1978

Fine, warm

City tour. Much of it around our hotel area.

Leningrad – near old stock exchange

Afternoon to Peter’s Palace. Many fountains. Old summer house, damaged by Nazi’s has been restored. Heavy day.

Peters Palace looking to front

Peters Palace looking across front

Visited Birioska and bought tonic water.

Dropped and broke my glasses.

Evening Russian meal £10. Black caviar, selection of 4 cold meats and fish. Pancakes, red caviar and cream. Steak and onions & chips. Meringue ice cream cake. Carafe of Vodka, 2 bottles of still wine (E. nice/J. vinegary) and 4 bottles of champagne.

Russian orchestra of 8 – very good. 2 singers – tenor and contralto excellent. Russian songs and Italian songs. Very well staged and audience enjoyed the show immensely.