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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... the mouth of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city was built by conscripted peasants (serfs) from all over Russia. Tens of thousands died while building the city.
Peter originally wanted the city to mimic Venice and Amsterdam, and built a series of canals in which inhabitants would travel by boat, but over time, bridges were built for convenience and the original canal project was never finished. In the winter the canals freeze over ...
... and a male who plays something similar to an accordion. They were very passionate about their music. We both had trouble sleeping last night, but while a little tired no worse for wear. Kizhi Island is an "open air" museum and is officially called State Historical Architecture and Ethnographic Preserve". Now that is a mouthful. It features a number of interesting buildings made in a northern wooden style. The actual construction ...
... to visit all of the open rooms in our 2 hour tour. Obviously we didn't spend a lot of time in any one room, but it was really amazing to see the variety of art and the numbers of pieces. The Hermitage has the largest art collection in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Supposedly if you were to spend 10 seconds looking at each piece in the collection it would take over 11 years to see it all! Lots of it isn't on display, but we sure saw a lot! ...
... there for an hour. Early night as we have to get up at 6 the next day. The train journey to Vilnius is 10 hours long and the train is virtually empty after a couple of hours. Poland is vast open spaces and lots of forests. Krakow and Warsaw are quite modern but from the train we see lots of soviet-style constructions and wooden houses. We're enjoying the views when the train makes another stop in another small village. Except this is where we're supposed to get off! ...
Off to an early start in St Petersburg
with a coach tour to the Peterhof Palace, with its rococo gilt
furnishings and magnificent gardens (it was built to compete with
Versailles). Unfortunately, it began to rain and became heavier as
the afternoon wore on, so it was a bit of a challenge to deal with
the crowds at our ...
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