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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... to the river. There was nothing here in the delta of the River Neva before 1703 when Peter the Great wanted to build a city near to Europe and a port for Russia on the Baltic. He, and subsequent Tsars did a good job! The river is fronted by enormous buildings such as Winter Palace, the Hermitage museum, Customs House, Stock Exchange.
Our next stop was the fortress island containing the Russian Mint and ...
... are as well as our hotel. They let us check in early and upgraded us to a top floor room. Despite our excitement for being in the city, we decided to spend a few hours resting after our red eye flight. A few hours turned into half a day, and we ended up waking up around 4pm local time.
Our friends from Paris, Coline and Cecile, who are joining us for the Russian leg of our trip, flew in and met us for drinks at the rooftop bar at our hotel. ...
Not such an early start today but still we were up at 6.
Another full day of touring and thankfully another beautiful day.
We start by doing a bit of a drive through the city looking left looking right another palace or church or monument. Peter the Great in his wisdom decided he wanted to move the capital from Moscow to Saint Petersburg and in doing so a lot of the canals were filled in to make the streets.
We take a subway ...
... spout is governed by the thickness of the pipe feeding it - and as the pipes were all originally made of oak, it's doubly impressive.
The Park is truly lovely - some quite formal avenues of linden trees, a little like the Tuilleries (this city gets more and more like Paris on steroids the more one sees of it) but large swathes of the most gorgeous open "natural" woodland too. There is definitely something primal in my European blood which responds to this sort of landscape. ...
... was something of a write off, actually the first hangover of the whole Russia trip! The following day, however, was much more productive, we visited the Hermitage (very big and easy to get lost in!) and St Isaac's cathedral, which offered stunning panoramic views over the city.
Which brings us up to now, the last night in Russia! It has been good fun and a massive adventure, but after over two years I am excited to get back to England
Until my next travels!