Marco Polo Saint-Petersburg
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... I went on a boat ride around the cannals and the river. All in Russian. You have to admire them they stick to their guns. She spoke English and knew she had English on board. Mind you her face was a picture when I did not applaud her performance like every one else, I just smile when I got off the boat. You have just got to love them.
I tried the recommended eating place it was great, pancakes stuffed with mushrooms and ...
... through the crowds), the beautiful decorations of the Catherine Palace and the Peterhof were amazing.
But it was the story of the preservation -- and what I didn't realise -- the restoration of so much of this that really took our breath away.
Nearly 3 years of starvation when the population couldn't get food in - apart from the 'Road of Life' across frozen Lake Lagoda - where even then huge numbers of trucks sank through the ice -- brought ...
... square meters. To us, the building looked just like a giant refurbished caravnserai.
It is hard to get your head around the age of buildings in St Peterburg. The Gostiny Dvor is one of the oldest shopping centres in St Petersburg and was one of the first shopping arcades in the world. The construction of the building began in 1757 and over the following years was continually re-vamped and re-built. During the 1990's it expanded to comprise ten ...
... where Peter the Great founded St Petersburg in 1703 and where in the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral most of Peter the Great decedents are buried including the remains of the last Tsar Nicholas II and his family. After heading to the student quarter for a canteen style lunch we popped into a food market to see what was on offer before heading to a cocktail bar for a drink. We then spent an hour or so wondering a round a shopping centre trying to find ...
I can't remember who advised me that "I have to go to Saint Pete - it's the most beautiful place in Russia". I just know that if that person still worked on my team, I would be considering some serious disciplinary action. Maybe I'd send them to Piksel HQ to learn about testing. (Btw - there was a restaurant called "A Taste of Russia" with dodgy illumination on their sign. "A Taste of Russ" was empty on the night I ...