I had a very pleasant evening last night going over your photos of St Petersburg and show them to my wife. We were somewhat sorry that we had postponed it twice by going to India and then Paris. We made a resolve of putting it back on top of next time vacation places. The photos were beautiful and the narration gave us a sense of reading an illustrated travel book.
I appreciate your suggestion on lenses. As I mentioned in a reply to Eric, comments on the 10-20 lens on Amazon was a let down. So I am quickly reviewing my options. Would I have a more practical complement on what I have by choosing the 18-105 AFS VR or a 10-20/10-24 alternative that I know it eventually has to come true? There is a reserve forest close to home that I would like to explore. Should I put aside my skeptical view on the 10-20 as in fact no lens is perfect nor pleases everyone?