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Dave and Ruth Wood aboard a Russian cruiser, "The Aurora." Submitted photo

Wood Working: St. Petersburg: The good, the bad, and the costly

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At last we reach St. Petersburg, the fabled Venice of the North, which Peter the Great built on a vast swamp, so that landlocked Russia might have a gateway to the Baltic.

What a beautiful city! No skyscrapers and beautifully planned as any city in Europe.

It's made up of 1,101 islands and hundreds of bridges studded with a harmonious blend of western European and Russian architecture.

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