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... experience to talk to a Russian. He used to visit Peterhof as a boy all the time in the summer and this was the first time he had been back in many years.
Soon after founding St Petersburg in 1703, Tsar Peter the Great started construction of what became Peterhof soon after. At first Peter built "Monplaisir" ("My pleasure"), a very small residence right on the seafront before starting construction on the Grand Palace. Numerous Tsars after Peter added to the Grand Palace, but it ...
Booked a 2 day tour of St Petersburg through the ship as it is very difficult to get a Russian visa as an individual and you can't get off the ship unless you have a visa!
So it was an early start. Up at 6am; breakfast at 6.30; then into the theatre at 7.30 to be allocated a bus and then on the bus No. 12 at 8.30!
First stop was Catherine's Palace at Pushkin outside St Petersburg. Renowned for its splendid fairy tale interior of fine ...
... t bring it while Marty had his blini, but I thought maybe that was because I had had the salad bar. Marty had ordered sturgeon (When in Russia. . .) and I asked the waiter to recommend something, which he did, and I ordered it. (I forget what it was called.) But he brought my soup when he brought Marty's sturgeon. Both were delicious, but we were confused about the sequence of courses. Marty stalled a bit eating his food but ...
... had waited 3 days for toiletries!). Food options were pretty good and included vegetable Pelmeni, meat pie, potato pie and baked aubergines. The food isn’t amazing but then Russian cuisine is supposed to be pretty bland. The unfortunate thing for Soph was that the Russian versions of veggie staples Borsch and Rye soup now had meat floating in them.
Our attempts to talk to locals failed fairly dramatically, there isn’t a lot of English spoken here and ...
... our driver (who spoke none) were at the dock to meet us as we cleared the passport control of the Russian government. By the way, most Russian passport agents are engaging, friendly, or at least efficient; but there were a few that epitomized our vision of the tough Soviet bureaucrat. You couldn't get them to smile, and they would get stuck on the most minute detail. In general we found that smiling was NOT a common skill among the general ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Pets allowed