Holiday Inn St. Petersburg Moskovskye Vorota
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We slept late after the exciting opera the night before. After breakfast we headed for the Hermitage and arrived just before opening time. There were self service ticket machines in the court yard. This enabled us to join the queue which was let in first. The Hermitage was not as crowded as I had feared. We left at 1:30. The layout of the rooms was …
... had beef stroganoff that is actually named after the stroganoff family because, Peter had bad teeth and could not chew big pieces of meat, so this dish was created and served to him frequently.
From here we headed of to St Isaacs Cathedral. This is a Russian Orthodox Church which does not have any pews in it. The inside was covered with over 27 different types and colors of marble. Spectacular paintings and in the main dome ceiling was a ...
... do have some memories of Standard Grade history but I hated it so much at the time I think I blocked out a lot of what we learned.
After the museum we were to be going on our boat trip. There was a little bit of a mix up on where we were to meet it but we found it eventually. It was slightly awkward to get on as we had to use a fairly narrow gangplank and I made Dean go on in front of me so I could help him. As I was about to step up the gangplank ...
... of urine. It's a model from which many other cities could learn if they were to be interested in making travel a pleasant experience.
The Church of the Spilled Blood, built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, the St Isaacs Cathedral, and the Peter and Paul Church were all turned into museums by the soviets, and remain so. At least it means they have been looked after and restored. The first two have beautiful mosaics. The ...
... bans-wheelchairs-on-metro-tra ins/), and people with children/pregnant women. There are signs about this. There are even announcements about this. <<восп 080;танны е>> (vospitannie - "well brought-up") young men will gladly give up their places to babushki, but the standard method of avoiding this cultural nicety is to sit with earphones in, eyes closed, and ...