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... laundry ( not in the sink!) and read and had ham sandwiches for breakfast. I went out to eat at my favorite style restaurant left over from Soviet days. A cafeteria style place with beet salads and mashed potatoes and cabbage rolls and soup(which all the Russians got) I also had amazing potato dumplings at a place by the naval academy and a delicious lunch at a Georgian place. Mostly I just looked at Russian people ...
... us up & drove like a madman to our hotel which is quite near the main street. The drive in was on an elevated toll way passing many ugly blocks of flats & derelict factories but the central area is quite smart.
After booking in we walked to find an ATM as we had no Roubles but it was bitterly cold, as was our room. We returned for a complementary 'English Tea' of tea & a few biscuits & then a couple of hours later had dinner, ...
... Inside the Catherdral the museum, and/or the colonnade around the dome. We decided to climb to towards the colonnade to have a nice view of St. Petersburg. The climb itself was quite challenging. Climbing the stairs to reach a high of 43 meters was perhaps too challenging, but we made it. The view over the city compensates the effort of climbing. Going back down was much much easier off course. The sightseeing part of today was over and we went back to our hotel.
... up early for a talk on Rosneft done by one of the top executives. The event was set-up as a recruiting event for local GSOM (Graduate School of Management) Students. GSOM is the business school portion of the best university in Russia, St Petersburg State University, where our friend Putin went, and every Russian president or prime minister before him. Rosneft is the State-owned Russian oil giant that bickers with Gazprom (the state owned Russian gas company) for ...
... their parting shot. Thankfully, all the original artwork and furnishings had been removed by museum staff prior to the occupation, so all those pieces survived and have been reinstated in the palace.
Each room in the palace is sumptuously decorated and unique, down to original hand sewn silk wallpaper which matches the upholstery on the furniture. No pictures are allowed to be taken and we wore plastic shoe covers on our shoes to prevent damaging the floors.