On Friday 16th October, 29 Fifth Formers,
accompanied by four dons (TSJ, RMCG, JRWB, JMS), flew to St Petersburg in
Russia – the start of a five-day tour.
The trip began with a two-day stay in St Petersburg, former
capital of the Tsarist empire, with a tour of the city and visits to the
Hermitage (the Winter Palace), Tsarskoe Selo, the Yusupov Palace (where
Rasputin was murdered in 1916), the Smolny Institute (from where the Bolsheviks
masterminded the October Revolution in 1917) and the Peter and Paul Fortress.
The boys journeyed from St Petersburg to Moscow on the
overnight train (what an adventure) and the tour then concluded with a two-day
stay in the capital city, Moscow; Red Square and the Kremlin were truly a sight
to behold. Stalin’s bunker on the outskirts of Moscow and the Museum dedicated
to the Great Patriotic War kept everybody enthralled. The tour concluded with a
visit to Lenin’s estate just outside of Moscow.
The boys will, without doubt, treasure many memories of the
trip: not least of the St Petersburg State Circus, the Folklore Show, and – let
us not forget – the opportunity to go bowling in Moscow on the last evening….
Terry Scammell Jackson
Head of History