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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... photo stop for the impressive Winter Palace), we went to the amazing Church on the Spilled Blood. Although the church is actually the Church of the Resurrection, it was built on the spot where Alexander II was killed and his blood spilled. Like most of the churches in Russia, it was used for other things during the Soviet period. During World War II, it was used to store potatoes, so older people who remember that time, still call it the “Church of ...
... location. Unfortunately, no one was there to meet us. We had been communicating with two people at that point; the owner, Scotty, who told us that someone would meet us at the Cafe outside the apartment, and the manager, Tanya, who sent us an email while we were flying, but without access to wifi, we didn't know that we were to go to her office, located about a 30 minute walk away. After waiting for about ten minutes, I was able to scam some free wifi ...
... of Peter the Great. An interesting tidbit about his outlook....The area was short on stones, and he was determined to build with stone in order to prevent fires destroying it, so he passed a law that elsewhere in Russia no one was allowed to build with stone, and then had all the stone transported into the city from elsewhere. The historian also mentioned another small point that suddenly made sense. She said that the vastness of Russia ...
Up! Made it! Two early starts in two days, tomorrow's train a little later, 6:45 against 6:12 though the station may be a bit further away. Today a total success, though, on to the St Petersburg train before 6, off and flying and still not disconnected-free wifi throughout. I am spoilt. The journey is interrupted by regular announcements, first in Finnish then Russian and finally English. I find myself listening in for fear of missing something crucial, only to find ...
... dome in the world. We walked by the cathedral after arriving at the St Petersberg monument of Peter the Great. According to a 19th century legend, enemy forces will never take the city whilst the bronze statue stands, the statue depicting hero Peter the Great on his horse, trampling on a snake, to represent the foes of Russia.
We walked from the cathedral through the park to the Palace Square, a great space flanked by military barracks and the Winter Palace building of ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility