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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... after Saint Peter, one of the patron saints of the city. The other is Saint Paul. Thus the name of the Fortress we are seeing today. Also, it is interesting that Peter I named it a German style name ("burg") when it was not a German city. He had traveled extensively throughout Europe as a young man, the first Russian Monarch to do so, and wanted the name to reflect the fact that this was another great European city, on par with Amsterdam at the ...
... be a passive smoker for the rest of your life!! ENJOY!!
We decided to do little tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress thanks to the write up in Lonely Planet and it sounded like the place to be!!! So off we went. Spent a fortune as you do, being a tourist in Russia apparently means you have money and so they charge you a bomb and you have no idea otherwise.
The Fortress was great, I caught up on all my history of the Tsars family and ...
... attack that never happened, it was later used as a prison for political prisoners and during the 1917 revolution its guns were used to fire at the Winter Palace.
Continuing my trek towards the Submarine I came across a Naval Museum and the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography. I decided to check out the later. I finally found the entrance, avoiding scaffolding, and made my way to the ticket counter. I handed the clerk my entrance fee which ...
Again, the citation from Wikipedia:
""”The residence originated in 1717, when Catherine I of Russia engaged the German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace for her pleasure. In 1733, Empress Anna commissioned Mikhail Zemtsov and Andrei Kvasov to expand the Catherine Palace. Empress Elizabeth, however, found her mother's residence outdated and incommodious and in May 1752 asked her court ...
... aproached us to ask for directions (in Russian).
Now we are enjoying a nice diner-picknick in a park surrounded by beautifull historic buildings.
I think we can get used to a life like this!
Na zdorovie (cheers) !!!!
P.S: (We also ran through the Hermitage this afternoon on high speed. It was quite ...