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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... I was not completely well and Cath was on the cusp of my virus too. The most immediate shock of Russia is the Cyrillic. In most of Western Europe you can try to figure out the word in the Latin alphabet, but with Cyrillic it is a completely different system and as alien as Klingon.
Next day we walked down Nevsky Prospekt to the Russian museum because I was interested in their collection of Russian art, especially ...
... s mind at the time. The area is still slightly seedy like in Raskolnikov's time. It's the only area that I've seen signs for massage parlours in the city. I kept walking until I found building number 104 the location of the flat where Raskolnikov commited the murder. I couldn't get inside but looked in through the entrance tunnel and took some photos.
I made my way back to the hostel to rest for short while before heading on the Metro to Livgovsky Prospekt to head to a ...
Tauck has saved the best for last:the Hermitage Museum for our final day in St. Petersburg,. Unique among other important museums such as the Louvre, the Metropolitan and the British Museum, the Hermitage was both a family home and an imperial residence before it became a repository of a world-class art collection.
Catherine began collecting In 1764, two years after she became Empress. Her ...
... and more tours of
cathedrals and palaces. We rode the subway system around town for
part of the day. . . .what a ride! The subway is not only the
furthest underground in the world (over 300 feet deep), but, built
with marble and decorated with mosaics. We visited Yusopov Palace and
witnessed a vivid interpretation of the surprisingly long and
agonizing murder of Rasputin. We drove outside of town and were
amazed to see the meticulous restoration ...
... this. A very relaxed way to travel and a great alternative to flying, so much more pleasant. No Security checks, no taking off shoes, belts, coats etc etc etc. just got on, sat down and away we went! We would certainly consider this form of travel in the future.
St Petersburg is a very impressive city. Wide street, grand buildings ( many of which are being renovated) and majestic bridges. Only had a short walk this afternoon along Nevsky Prospect, the most ...