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... 19th to the beginning of the 20th century. We visited one of the most important rooms in the palace, the actual rooms where the murder of Rasputin took place.
In 1916 a group of the city's noble elite, including one of the Grand Dukes and led by the prominent anglophile Prince Felix Yusupov, conspired to kill the one man who they felt threatened the stability of an already war-torn Russian Empire. Grigory Rasputin, a peasant and self-proclaimed holy man, ...
... had beef stroganoff that is actually named after the stroganoff family because, Peter had bad teeth and could not chew big pieces of meat, so this dish was created and served to him frequently.
From here we headed of to St Isaacs Cathedral. This is a Russian Orthodox Church which does not have any pews in it. The inside was covered with over 27 different types and colors of marble. Spectacular paintings and in the main dome ceiling was a ...
... t want to serve you, they won't. You kind of feel like you are being permitted to see certain parts of their culture and way of life, but that tourism is not really something that they embrace.
Our next trip to Norway and Iceland at the beginning of July will be our last trip before the bay arrives - but fear not, this baby will be an explorer with us!
Lots of love,
Emma and Tom
... processing us on the train were all very pleasant and conducted their business in a very orderly and civilised manner which was unlike the intimidating experience we had with the Hungarian border patrol officers during our last trip.
All too soon our Allegro experience was drawing to a close as we entered the outskirts of St. Petersburg. We watched with interest as the first houses and factories came into view and were surprised ...
... recommend this hotel to other clients visiting Saint Petersburg). We than set off for the Hermitage Museum . . . . . . . in the wrong direction . . . . . so we had quite a pleasant walk about for about 45 minutes before we figured out how to get there. (Ted T you are exactly correct when you said this was a must see in Saint Petersburg.) The art and artists, and the palace were well worth the additional walk we had to start ...