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... blinis with caviar. Very good.
Our second day was dedicated to the Hermitage. This was my main reason for visiting Saint Petersburg, and it didn't disappoint. It's one of the best art collections in the world, housed in one of the most impressive buildings I have ever seen. It is an old royal residence and consequently is magnificent.
We also had one of our first serious ripoff moments of the trip. We paid $20 for ...
... working. We then went to a Jazz club where an old fat bald drunk Russian named Sergei loved us and wanted to buy us vodka. This was handy since Ivan tried to buy wine, but they refused to serve him. Ivan was most displeased! We made a beeline for a club called "coyote ugly", inspired no doubt by the film. We got knocked back at the door, so chose another bar and stayed there until the wee small hours. It was light when we left, but this is ...
... passports again. Highly efficient and especially useful. We were warned that these officers are stoic and severe, some are stocky women with more hair in their moustaches than on their heads but it turns out it wasn't so bad. Pierre even got patrol guard eye candy on a couple of occasions.
We drive through the Russian countryside and can see the poverty everywhere. The houses are dilapidated and run down, the cars are old and rusted, the few farmers roaming ...
... We had won the tickets as a prize for winning a scavenger hunt several weeks back. It was a lovely evening, although a bit strange because the opera itself is in Italian, but there were Russian subtitles.
Sunday was the most fun of all though. This entire week has been Maslenitsa (or Butter Week), an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday. Its origins are pagan, but Christianity has adopted it as well. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa celebrates the end of winter. ...
... The expanse of the Lower Gardens is designed in the formal style of french formal gardens of the 17th century. Although many trees are overgrown, in the recent years the formal clipping along the many allees has resumed in order to restore the original appearance of the garden.
The many fountains located here exhibit an unusual degree of creativity. One of the most notable designs is entitled 'The Sun'. A disk radiating water jets from its ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Pets allowed