Business Hotel Karelia
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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... where Peter the Great founded St Petersburg in 1703 and where in the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral most of Peter the Great decedents are buried including the remains of the last Tsar Nicholas II and his family. After heading to the student quarter for a canteen style lunch we popped into a food market to see what was on offer before heading to a cocktail bar for a drink. We then spent an hour or so wondering a round a shopping centre trying to find ...
... s easier said than done as anyone without a Russian Visa or on a tour cannot just stroll off the ship and go sightseeing. The Russian immigration control are very strict and the fine for being ashore without a guide or visa is $400 or more. Visas cost about $200 each so we opted for the tour guide route. The weather is hot here, in the 80s and very humid. The locals are suffering greatly because the normal high is around 70.
I did a lot of research and selected ...
... there a good five minutes to get past the unsmiling, unspeaking, unfriendly, devoid of personality border guard. She would look up at us and then to the passport – then she'd look up and then again back at the passport. Apparently the delay was directly related to the fact that she had to make sure that we (our names and vital information) were entered into the Russian computer systems. In the end not one word was spoken and then we got the green ...
... then was it for sale. I found the whole conversation disturbing because it showed a complete lack of understanding if how the west sees Russia, and also a fearsome belief in Russia's superiority in the world. He described Poland as. Happy little dog barking at an elephant and thereby dismissed a nation as insignificant. Very powerful insight into the Russian psyche, even granting that not everyone will think this ...
... minor hiccup we were onboard our ferry the 'Princess Maria' safe and sound. Kev thought it was funny that the old dodgy looking Russian scanners were obviously more advanced than the high tech international airport scanners as you didn't have to remove your laptop from your bag or take off your belt.
We had done quite a bit of research leading up to this trip as to what the easiest way to access Russia was. We read about being able to take advantage of a free 72 hour ...