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... boarding passes issued etc. We then have passport check. After an official initially checks them we pass through to another area where we queue for an hour! Some of our party go through quicker but our queue is very slow. Some people take 10 minutes to be given clearance. Eventually another gate opens and we slide across to be first in line. They do check everything but at last passport stamped and we can go through. Not quite, another fuller security check, then we ...
... in the end. Being in Russia is Surreal. Ivan is already enamoured by the hotel receptionist who is "smoken'" but without a smile for poor Ivan. He has determined to further investigate the Russian women's psyche. Soon however, after walking the streets for a few hours, we found that our receptionist is fairly standard fare insofar as Russian women are concerned. All without a smile. Soon our thirst for a beer took over and we found a nice bar/restaurant around the corner ...
Sunset upon arrival was just a general idea. While catching a bus and riding to town the sun remained visible here and there. Even after leaving the homestay apartment around 11.30pm the Western sky was still lit up.
Turns out St. Petersburg is on the same latitude as Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. Sunsets take forever, so does the famed "heure bleue". The only photographic spoiler is the weather which can ...
... had beer for breakfast since stopping off with Johan Taute on the way down to Sordwana, back in 1977, so this experience took me back some way.
Mandi has told you of our first experiences at St Petersburg, so I will skip forward to dinner time where we had descended into a subterranean restaurant that, according to Mandi's app, specialised in Russian food. Fortunately the personable young ...
... and what an amazing city, grand architecture on a large scale. Not big high rise monstrosities but just large impressive buildings with fine detailing. Very solid, purposeful and imposing, lovely. They call St Petersburg the 'Venice of the North' and we can see why, canals branch off all over the place from the two main rivers that divide the city and islands. But as winter draws on they are all starting to freeze over and with the ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service