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DAY 1 Right, so after our charming stop-off in Riga we land in St Petersburg (we made the trip in a cool little plane with propellers! Propellers I tells ya!), customs passes with no problems, and we head outside to encounter our first problem: How on earth do we get to the city centre?? This might not be so much of an issue if we spoke Russian, or …
... find any. We ended sharing a sandwich at a cafe just before it closed and I bought lovely Cath some lovely malachite earrings as a remembrance of St Petersburg, the Hermitage and Russia. We stopped on Nevsky Prospekt at a Russian restaurant where I had solyanka, the traditional meat soup and Cath had beef stroganoff. Another aspect of Russia that we were aware of even before we arrived was that it is expensive. Food and accommodation ...
... on a cab. The hotel was great and as it was very late at night we all
crashed. The next morning we sussed out the local area and went to check out a beautiful church that we could see from our hotel window. We needed to be ready to leave for the airport around lunch time so called a cab as that was the easiest option and went to the airport to fly on to London in the afternoon.
... the 'Baroque' architect to redo the main Palace; fountains and formal gardens were installed the grounds, now called the 'Russian Versailles' . The Palace is only slightly less opulent than Catherine's Palace at Tsarskoye Velo, but feels much lighter. As befits a country home, 'flowers from the garden' have been brought inside and appear in the patterns on the fabrics and wallcoverings. The gardens, planted with everyday flowers, ...
... a previous trip) but no-one else. The rest of the party consists of Ram, a very nice big, bluff man from Bangalore; Wolfgang from Germany somewhere, Dresden, I think, also extremely nice and somehow the antithesis of the German archetype: vegetarian, quite spiritual, very relaxed; a Latvian couple from Riga; I have forgotten his name and never found out hers; and a Japanese couple or possibly business colleagues who keep entirely to themselves. David, Ting-Ting, Ram and Wolfgang all ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking