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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... from Swedish attack and was used to house political prisoners. The cathedral is where the Russian Tsar’s are buried. One of the Russian currency mints is also there. We walked the grounds and managed to go to the shoreline of the River Neva.
We’re a bit worn out after our whirlwind 2 days here and we only managed to see a small portion of what there is to see here, but it has been ...
... the sunrise and see our first glimpses of Russia. We disembarked the boat and waited in a line to go customs. Our first morning in St Petersburg began with a city tour of the main attractions and some photo opportunities before heading to our hotel. We explored the large shopping centre Galleria and had lunch. I had my first experience of a St Petersburg's night club and lets just say I prefer the Canberra night life.
... Here in St Petersburg there were 2,000,000 Russians killed. And the devastation the Germans did whilst they occupied parts of Russia is hard to communicate. The Russians took most of their art treasures and sculpures from here prior to the German advance but couldn't take them all and the Germans deliberately destroyed a lot. Anyway, so much for the history lesson. Unbelievable to think we are here in St. ...
Our first day on tour started in earnest – we were woken with music at 6.45am (wasn't this supposed to be a holiday?) After breakfast we were met onshore by our local tour guide before boarding the buses to take in the sights of St. Petersburg. Our list for sight-seeing seemed a little excessive however as we were only in St. Petersburg for one day we had a lot to fit in.
Smolny Cathedral was the first on the list followed by the very impressive ...
... Great. Just rooms and rooms choca block full of ornately decorated walls and huge pieces of art or sculpture. I remember learning during my studies that during World War Two, art by artists like Rembrandt were confiscated from a lot of richer Jews or used as leverage by them in order to escape Germany, and now a lot of the art is now at the Hermitage. But our guide did insist that, at least the ones of display, were collected by CTG. I did really like this place also. ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free parking