Gogol Mogol Hostel
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... lurk there. It is like the city is a staging a huge fraud! In reality it is probably taking a long time to turn into a progressive, modern city, and of course, starting at the front is most advantageous. It has been an eye opener to spend a little bit longer here and find out what really lies behind those gorgeous street fronts.
Nostalgia and reflection over, we walked across the bridge to the Peter and Paul fortress, designed ...
... them or wore them at an official function, it would be off to the Gulag for you. Tough times, indeed. He took us around some back alleyways, a bit like a Night Cat Tour, and showed us some hipster bars and markets where the cool kids, or in Russia's case, a western social scene which deviates from the cultural norm, had set up shop. Great tour and highly recommended. Back to the hotel for the obligatory snooze before joining the group for an excursion into the burbs to meet up ...
... so just lots of looking and interpreting figures). The Church of Spilled Blood complete with its ‘ice-cream’ topped spires was next. Its interior was as impressive as the exterior covered in detailed mosaics and gold. It was build to commemorate the spot where Alexander the 2nd was assassinated and this was well and truly achieved.
I am glad we spent the time prior to landing delving into the history of the Russian people as it gave us a ...
... never get a decent, steaming hot cup of tea anywhere else apart from home. There's a steaming samovar so think it should be a decent brew. And that blackcurrant and cream eclair looking up at me will go very well with it. Naughty but nice. Cracking cuppa and cake.
Continue down Nevsky Prospekt. It's very busy with locals and cruise ship tourists. Quite a few shops have loudspeakers in their doorways advertising their wares so also very noisy. ...
... There are experts in house to catalogue, restore and repair everything. This was a wonderful extra for us and a really enjoyable addition to our wonderful day.
In the evening, Wen went to the ballet at The Conservatory Theatre to see a performance of Swan Lake. Russian ballet in St Petersburg was a dream come true.
Big day and lots of highlights.
Jeff and Wendy