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- Continental Breakfast
- Airport Transportation
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
- Russian TV Channels Available
- Refrigerator in room
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... village to paint your own matryoshka (a nesting
doll). The first thing I noticed about Russia was that it was cold. Very cold.
Of course in an apparent lapse of judgment, I forgot to pack any truly warm
clothes. As I debarked the ship head to toe in layers, the skies were a bleak
Once we got to the river,
a slew of roughly 40 students crammed onto the tiny vessel. The top was
uncovered and as we ...
... Bartholomeo Rastrelli, Chief Architect of the Imperial Court, was instructed to completely redesign the building on a scale to rival Versailles.
The resultant palace, completed in 1756, is nearly 1km in circumference, with elaborately decorated blue-and-white facades featuring gilded atlantes, caryatids and pilasters designed by German sculptor Johann Franz Dunker, who also worked with Rastrelli on the palace's original interiors. In Elizabeth's reign it took ...
... largest and most famous Museums in the world. The Museum is set inside the 'Winter Palace' of St Petersburg. Many of the guidebooks say that you need several days to explore the building - we naively thought we could probably cram it in to one day. The size of the museum is really beyond comprehension, they have over 3,000,000 pieces of artwork on display in the palace and corridors join the original palace buildings ...
... by Frederick the Prussian King. During WWII the Nazis took the panels and shipped them to Konigsberg where they were never seen again. So starting in 1991 the Amber Room was recreated from photos from the period. It is absolutely beautiful.
Then we went to shop at Pushkin where they had a wonderful selection of Russian handicrafts. We came back to the ship exhausted but very happy.
I'm writing this on the overnight train to Minsk. There’s no Wi-fi and intermittent phone signal so you’ll be pleased to hear that you won’t be bombarded with another load of drivel, tonight at least.
Negotiate the Metro again to Gorkovskaya (see, I’m learning the lingo) adjacent the Peter & Paul Fortress. The last time I visited there were bedraggled bears dancing on chains for tourist entertainment but I’m pleased to ...