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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... beautiful pinks and purples of the sunset contrasted so beautifully against the gold steeples of the St Peter and Paul Cathedral which made for some beautiful photos.
The cathedral itself houses the bodies of all the great emperors and empresses since Peter the Great who founded the city. It was interesting to view the chapel with the remains and memorials of the Romanov family. They weren’t permitted to buried inside the main body of the cathedral as ...
... family was arrested during the revolution, and
- the palace library.
Many other people had the same idea as us (to spend the rainy day in the museum) so it was quite crowded in the museum and very muggy. I had to sit by the windows in a few rooms just to get some fresh air and I drank several bottles worth of water during the visit. Its one of those places that is just so massive with so much art that you have to be ok with not seeing entire wings and just focus on ...
... which makes sense, as it was a swamp before the city was built) with lovely windy rivers. Apart from the grotty bits, it was green and quite pretty.
The airport was way smaller than I expected for a city of this size and importance. The air-traffic control tower was still just a little red-and-white striped building in a field, and we walked down a flight of steps onto the tarmac (is one expected to kiss it?) and were then squashed very tightly into ...
And then there is the story of Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony. Shostakovich, the Soviet Union’s most famous composer, stayed in the city during the siege, and composed his symphony. But when it was complete, there were no musicians in the city to perform it. The general in charge of the city’s defense gave an order that musicians were to return to the city, and they did so to perform the symphony’s premiere. The same general gave orders that the ...
... him all I had was 500p, and asked, 'Nevsky Prospect?' 'Nyet, double.' I guess I'm walking. It took me about an hour and a half to walk to the nearest metro, with 13kg bag, no sleep, and slightly hungover. At least I got to get a photo from a distance of this huge war memorial called Defenders of Leningrad. 'This powerful and impressive monument was built as the focal point of
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