Thursday, 6 August 2015


One of the highlights of our recent river cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg, was negotiating the 17 locks required to complete the journey.

Given that this was the size of our ship getting through the locks was no cinch!

Add in the fact that we negotiated several of them during the night, the ship's captain certainly earned his keep.

Not too much room for manoeuver here :)

or here!

The locks were too deep for ships to be tied up to the top when the water levels were changing, so they were tied to these sidewinders, which rolled up or down depending upon the water levels.

The locks we passed through were constructed between 1939 and 1964, by the use of forced labour, so the human cost of these grand structures was high.

Landscapes like these did not lend themselves to an easy escape.

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  1. Must have been fascinating to see the workings of the locks and the big ships that used them.

  2. Looks like an amazing trip. Your captain certainly must have known what he was doing :)

  3. Everytime I fly somewhere..... I am filled with much gratitude for those who get me here and there safely : ) Happy for you to be enjoying the beauty of life in this world. Janita

  4. I can see you have had fun practicing with your camera!!! This photos are beautiful!!!!

  5. Fascinating. And beautiful pictures. When Mark retires next year, we are planning on cruising through the Panama Canal--it has always been the highest thing on his bucket list.

  6. Lovely photos, it was obviously a great trip! Xx


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