Austrian Yard 2
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Sunday night at midnight we all said goodbye to our student friends we made in St Petersburg and boarded a midnight train headed to Moscow which took roughly 9 hours. I will save the description of the train ride for my next blog post on Moscow to leave you in suspense, but just as a teaser....my roommate Graham and I were crammed into a 6 foot by 10 foot bunk space with our professor for the entire night...and our professor snores. Hello Moscow!
... herds in a twisted dumpling. Assembled with an uncooked filling so when fried the juices are trapped within the dumpling yummy!
After we have a little stroll, found a gorgeous food hall, full of mini delis taking a few cheeky snaps before heading back to the hostel....oh an D order a white wine and got a 200ml martini for a snip at £9!!! ....possibly a new all time price busting record! ...
... on it, ranging from simple to very elaborate.
The local bookstore had a most beautiful shop front and columns inside the shop.
We bought a map and as I needed to study it we sat down in the bookstore coffee shop. My guide could now explain where we were and where I was staying, how to get there etc plus all the interesting sites to visit.
Although we stayed there for 15 minutes none of the waiters came around to ask if we needed anything. Service is not a ...
... of main streets and back alleyways (and in some cases people's backyards - during the soviet times you could apparently go through the whole of St Petersburg via people's backyards). After sampling some kvass - a fermented bread beer (tastes kinda like plum juice - better than it sounds!), and stopping for apple pie for lunch (hey - we've just walked for 3 hours!), we headed off on or own to see a couple of cathedrals. Not usually big into the religious stuff - ...
... never take it. Many Russian soldiers and citizens were killed or starved to death. It was an incredible testament of the tenacity, pride and will of the Russian people.
St Isaac's Cathedral was slightly damaged during the siege and the marks have been left in the building's exterior to remind the people of the sacrifice of others at a terrible time of war.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed