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The staff were polite and very helpful, the room I was in was basic but comfortable, if a little hot and humid, however street noise could be quite intrusive, but the shower, bathroom and kitchen facilities were very good and well maintained. Don't be put off by the entrance hall to the apartments when you are buzzed into the building, once you get to the apartment upstairs it does get a lot better!
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... fresh and we were ready! We found the place and there was one lady working, one girl sorting her clothes and plenty of machines. There was a kiosk with a touch screen where you selected what you were getting and then paid (only in Russian) so we went to it, deciphered the symbols next to options and started going. But that was the wrong move! The lady who worked there had a lot to say about this and it didn't sound encouraging. We said "sorry...uh...English?" (See? Fresh minds! ;) She ...
... so much about the architecture of St Petersburg & at first I was a bit bemused. St Petersburg is described as the Venice of the North & after walking for 20 minutes it became all so obvious. The Neviskiy prospekt is St Petersburg's equivalent of the Champs Elysees in Paris. The Neviskiy prospekt crosses the Fontanka River by way of a bridge where on ...
... city was built and thus it is called the "Venice of the North".
We then went for lunch at a Russian pizza place called "Pectopah". We had pizza and diet Pepsi and it was quite nice. It had a beautiful view of the Church on Spilled Blood.
We then went to St Issac's Cathedral which is spectacular. The dome is quite large and high and can be seen from 35 miles away. It was never damaged during WWII because Hitler planned to ...
... the table in the top that drops down to be filled with food and then lifted back up to the dining room (so that no serving staff go up into the top room). Then back to St Petersburg. On the way to dinner we went through the Christmas markets that were set up in the square next to our hotel block and briefly watched the band on stage play air guitar before looking for a restaurant, eventually finding a pretty nice Italian ...
... home. So there went another 5 miles of walking...
Let me tell you, Sankt Peterburg is one of the most amazing cities on earth. I could not take pictures fast enough, and there is no way I can even begin to tour some of these sites. This is a place that has to be seen over a long period of time. It is also an international center for music, and there were many festivals during the summer. I just missed one where the ...