Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
Today we arrived in St Petersburg, Russia about three hours late due to the ship's mechanical problem in Tallinn during departure.
Going through Russian customs was intense! They check everything coming into and out of Russia. Not cordial...no smiles. If you do a tour on your own ...
... for about two hours and spoke with him for another two afterwards.
Thursday we were off to Imperial Porcelain, the official porcelain supplier to the Czars dating back to the 18th century. During communist times Imperial Porcelain made communist-themed designs and motifs and most recently at the G20, every leader's spouse was given a customized imperial porcelain set from Mr. Putin himself. Imperial Porcelain is truly an iconic brand for Russians, you can ...
... delapidated back streets, but in a good central location, is actually quite pleasant ...however there is one shared shower for approximately 14 persons.
Settled and now 1930 we pop out to a recommended dumpling restaurant serving dumplings from Russia and the around world.
D's were served in a clear chicken broth and J had the Khinkali Georgian dumplings. Pork and beef ...
... 18th C. royalty. The guides tell us that leaving the building, the most frequently heard comment is "(n)o wonder there was a revolution'.
Lunch at a country restaurant near the Palace was pickled vegetables, mushroom soup and stuffed cabbage, traditional Russian fare, accompanied by all the cold vodka we could drink and a serenade by musicians in costume. It was hokey, but fun and the food was good.
After a nap on the bus ...
... the teammates were sick, so only four were there today. 5 of the 6 were from Harding, 1 from Oklahoma Christian. They had a special lunch after services and we didn't leave until 3:30pm, so rather than going to Peter and Paul Fortress as planned (we probably could not have gotten there before the ticket office closed), we decided to do a river cruise.
Our river cruise was nice. By the end of the cruise, clouds had rolled in and ...
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