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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... the age of nine and have performed their parts in Swan Lake for the past twelve years.
Allan skipped the ballet and decided on a River Cruise instead. Although raining it did provide more opportunities for some photos of the city from a different perspective. The group were treated to some classic Russian music from the band on board. We were also plied with plenty of Russian Vodka to ensure we all enjoyed this experience.
... departed and I just couldn't resist trying it out, so stepped on myself after discarding my hoodie and handing off my camera and bag. Donning just my not so water proof jacket, I stepped forward, wondering just how long it would be before the water hit. Didn't have to wait long, as it only took a second or two for me to jump out of further water action. Definitely fun and would've been extra refreshing on a hot summer day. Our walk would take us to the water's edge - The Gulf of ...
... also happily drive through red lights and park wherever you can fit your car. Apparently the Russian government tried to bring in paid parking but the people rejected it and simply continued to park where they liked.
They don't really expect you to make a wrong turn, because if you do need to turn around you will need to drive about 10kms before you will get a chance.
Finally in St Petersburg, we managed to navigate the streets and find ...
... range of books, maps and old office items and a jeweller, Vladimir Mikhailov, an Orthodox artist, making a collection of gold, silver and precious stone icons in jewellery form. Some of the most beautiful traditional jewellery we have ever seen.
Then we decided to follow the canal paths to the Summer Palace gardens which were packed with weekend visitors and wedding groups. The "keep off the grass" lady with whistle ...
... see Catherine's Palace while John toured St. Petersburg’s cathedrals.
Empress Elizabeth commissioned architect Rastrelli (the same one who designed Peterhof) to create Catherine’s Palace which became the favorite summer residence of Catherine the Great. She spent an enormous amount of money modernizing it in the fashionable neo-classical style of the times.
This palace with a blue fašade, is nearly 1,000 feet long and ...
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed