Grand Hotel Emerald
Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... trying to sleep in the floor of the area in front of the toilet door because his compartment was too miserable. Anyway, not a position you want to put yourself in.
*Traveling by train in Russia
Luckily, this was not the case, as I finally see a Metro sign and I’m in the right place and headed into the famous former capital of Russia. A ...
A guy in a green t-shirt came up to me and was trying to give me postcards. I said I didn’t want them and he kept insisting and saying he wanted us to come to his souvenir shop. I kept saying no and he got more and more aggressive. He started pulling at my shirt and grabbing my arm. I finally pushed him away and had to say "get off me!" just to get him to leave me alone. The whole thing took maybe ten seconds and as soon as he ...
... left Harold dormant, as mode of transport has ventured now toward ferries, and sleeping arrangements ranging from 4 star hotels to the floor of the ferry (last night). It all began in Helsinki-
Helsinki – Helsinki provided us with the now all too familiar charm of Scandinavian cities. Minus the price tag of Norway (and in the much more wallet friendly Euro) and plus the beaches that scatter its coast. Our first afternoon was leisurely spent by one of ...
... who had to serve them: the kitchen is located about 1/4 of a mile away from the palace, apparently to ensure their privacy from servants, as well as not to offend their nostrils with cooking odours. So food had to be brought by cart from the kitchen. The mind boggles! Rowland has said I should mention how candid the guides have been about their feelings about life in general, the political situation and anything that was asked of them. They were ...
... now 1700hrs and the art museum closes at 1800hrs. As there's no queue and I can just walk in (unlike the 2.5hrs queue for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam the other week), I pay the fee and blitz it. From my trip in 2004, I remember being shown a porcelain plate with sculptured lizards/mice/some such rodent running around the rim - it was, we were told, unique in that they were actually real animals that had been cast in the porcelain before being fired. ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Business Services