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... It was purposely built by Peter The Great in 1703. Before then it was swamp land! The city feels very European and NOT Russian. Beautiful palaces everywhere, canals like Amsterdam but much bigger. Most of the city is on the Neva river. SO not what you would think of Russia, more like the Russia of the Czars. Most of the city is now a UNESCO site. We then went to the Hermitage which is a series of 5 palaces. The main building is the Winter Palace and the former ...
... off the bus. Bit of an adventure but I got to see some of the city I otherwise wouldn't have.
The Palace itself though is mind blowing. Gold everywhere! I don't think I've ever seen so much in any one place. Everyone has to wear plastic booties on their feet to preserve the floors. Originally built for Catherine I in 1717, Tsarina Elizabeth rebuilt it in the Roccoco style. It was then bequeathed by Catherine ...
... a local guide who told us about the history as we visited various parts on the old city. Not so old actually, the city was only founded just over 300 years ago and has been occupied by every ethnic group in the area including becoming the Imperial capital before it moved to Moscow. Our guide also told us about the siege during the second world war of what was then Leningrad (St Petersburg by another name) which ...
... padded, magnolia walls, a bed, basin to wash in, toilet and only a Bible to read. To all IBIS hotel customers this is a quality benchmark. Cons - a woolen uniform (bit of a no no on those humid St Petersburg summer nights) and the option of a Siberian vacation or an audience with your maker... Ok, Lenin's bro had the latter option and Vladimir took ...
... statues, lots of fountains, lots of museums we couldn’t be bothered going into and lots of Russians posing for photos (which we gleefully mimicked).
The last bit of sightseeing was the one museum that Mike could be bothered going to – the Vodka Museum! The whole thing was in Russian which meant we could fly past the exhibits and get to the main draw – the bar with over 150 varieties of vodka. Some brands stood out as ones we recognised – ...