Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... of the water, no trees, no bushes or grass in sight only dirt and rocks. Also since there were already 5 cruise ships at the pier, we had a day of standing in large lines especially through customs. On the way to the Peterhof Palace we saw many sights, since it sits outside the city limits ...
These last three days have been eventful again, starting with my lost luggage even before I left Heathrow. As I saw my bag trundling along the baggage conveyer without an identification tag I knew it was going to be one of those days. On arrival at St Ps I had to fill in the paperwork for lost luggage... In quadruplicate, Russian authorities don't seem to have embraced carbon paper yet, so four ...
... by Frederick the Prussian King. During WWII the Nazis took the panels and shipped them to Konigsberg where they were never seen again. So starting in 1991 the Amber Room was recreated from photos from the period. It is absolutely beautiful.
Then we went to shop at Pushkin where they had a wonderful selection of Russian handicrafts. We came back to the ship exhausted but very happy.
On board the Lev Tolstoy we were greeted by a lady in traditional costume bearing the gift of bread and salt for our "welcoming ceremony" - complying with tradition we broke off a piece of bread and dipped it into the salt before eating it.
The history of our boat is interesting. It was commissioned by high ranking Kremlin officials to host foreign dignitaries in the 1970’s and had been refurbished as a cruise boat in 2007. We wondered ...
... him a lot but he managed to walk with us and
Natalia back to the hotel. We were all
We noticed the traffic was horrible late that
afternoon. The increased number of cars
on the street, limited numbers of streets, the waterways and the narrow bridges
are big problem and getting bigger. We
decided we had better take a taxi for the ballet that night. We called George, our email contact for the