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... our ferry and were even a bit sad to have to leave the following morning when we arrived at St. Petersburg. In fact one of the staff members had to come and knock on our door at 10am and say in a heavy Russian accent, whilst looking at her watch "errrr St Petersburg?" We quickly disembarked and made our way through the Russian customs officials. Their pleasantries were few and far between, however they gave us the stamp of approval and we were officially in Russia! We ...
... and statues. In one such building, that had amazing acoustics we listened to a four man choir who were nothing short of brilliant! We closed this tour with a visit to the gift shop as well as the market place outside the Pushkin Palace. The reason for many of our early departures is the cruise line and other guided tours is to obtain admission before the general public and we usually have a separate entrance. We have much shortened queues and ...
... the line (passport, tour ticket and immigration form in hand) but in reality, we were through and met our guide by 7.45am - Yay !
We were blown away by the size of the city - 5 million people and lots of apartment blocks and waterways, certainly a lot of new looking apartments near the cruise terminal area.
If you’ve ever seen a movie set in Russia, many times the city vistas are ...
... and out along the channel that leads to the Baltic Sea. I can only imagine the beauty that those who arrive to the city by boat view as they travel in the baltic sea.
People working were removing a protective cover that was on every evergreen tree that lined the canal, painting railings, cleaning fountains, and reconstructing parts of the palace. There was a definite humm of busy around us. ...
... and exhibits of the Hermitage museum, but didnt even pretend to scratch the surface of the 3,000,000 pieces on display.
Our host Anna was really great, cooking us breakfast and dinner and then spending a full day showing and explaining the different neighbourhoods of the city. St Petersburgh was a great way to end our time in Russia and our ideas that Russians were rude couldnt be ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking
- Pets allowed