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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... restaurant was my first encounter with the Russian outdoors and whilst it was cold it was nowhere near the -15 degrees I had been bracing myself for. Don’t get me wrong I was still thankful for the thermals but it was no colder than London.
I had been fairly sure that if there was one place I was guaranteed a white Christmas it would be Russia but it turns out I was wrong and the country was actually experiencing the warmest December in over a hundred years. ...
... The women all wore scarves to cover their heads and many of the older ones looked exactly how you would expect an orthodox Russian grandmother to look. It was fascinating to observe and I'm glad we did it.
After the mass was done it was still pretty rainy, so we decided to spend a rainy day safely indoors experiencing the Hermitage Museum. It has the second largest collection of artworks in the world (behind the Louvre), and its said that if you spent one minute looking ...
... wasn't working properly, so the tough female guard told me brusquely to wait while she got a new one; she scanned me with that and then had the most thorough feel I've ever had from anyone I wasn't in an intimate relationship with.
So after all that excitement, I was very ready for my breakfast. We found a quiet table at a pleasant cafe and caught up on photos and so on. Even here I fell foul of German custom by attempting to take my money to the ...
... surround the city were looted and destroyed. The treasures from the Hermitage and Russian museum were sent via train to Siberia, and were returned after the war. Many of the city’s statues and monuments were buried to try to protect them from the constant artillery bombardment. In the face of unimaginable odds, the citizens of Leningrad survived. On January 27, 1944, 900 days after it began, the siege was broken when the Red Army pushed the German troops away from the city.
... standard be careful,
the 'Holy **** have a pair of eyes surgically implanted in the back of your
head,’ be careful. Russia can be a dangerous country; I saw an altercation in
the streets of Moscow at 2am that looked pretty bad, but I never felt unusually
unsafe. It’s pretty much like anywhere else; mind your own business, watch
where you’re going, don’t **** anyone off, and you’ll be fine. If ...