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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Pets allowed
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... striking buildings. The Peter and Paul Fortress is also the center of a number of St. Petersburg urban traditions, among them the daily firing of the cannon from the Naryshkin Bastion at noon and the "walruses" who use the beach in front of the fortress to sunbathe and swim in ice-holes in the winter. In the summer, the beach is a popular picnic site and is also used to host a variety of events, festivals and concerts, including the respected Petrojazz annual ...
... ornate furniture, massive gold leafed chandeliers and paintings.
We were lucky that our tour included the gold room. This is a very secure room with tons of gold and jewels. There were golden toothpicks, sewing needles, knives, cups, hair clasps, etc. If it didn't move, they soaked it in gold. The ceilings were all painted with a variety of scenes. The majority were either biblical or depictions of war. Along the walls were large paintings of royalty, ...
... against a dark blue sky. What we came for. As we entered the palace this place was absolutely stunning. Gold everywhere. Nowhere in the United States touches this place. Just unbelievable. The great thing about our private tour is our guide got us to the front of every line, and that saved us time. Next, we were off to another church on the way to Peterhof Palace. It was spectacular. After that Peterhof, and more ...
... buildings were very impressive while others were so badly in need of repair a bulldozer was the only solution. We also observed the influences of the west with billboards advertising KFC, Ikea and many others.
Our driver continued along the Neva River for what seemed a very long time and we were starting to think 25 Euro wasn’t such a high price to pay after all. Eventually on the opposite bank of the river we sighted ...
... out entirely.On the whole St Petersburg was not the beautiful city we expected but it did have aspects that we were impressed by and given the short time we had in the area maybe we didn't get the best impression. It is definitely a place where the old systems, long gone in modern cities, are slow to move on. There are signs of change here and there but there seems to be a big gap between what is out there in modern European cities and what we witnessed in our short ...