Novotel St Petersburg Centre
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... driving past en route to the hotel.
St. Petersburg is a beautiful city (the parts we drove through at least). We are staying by one of the main streets with lots of shops, pubs, and restaurants. We walked along this main street and passed a few bridges and a canal where a few boat-restaurants and private boats were. It is a ...
... our guest speakers on the program so far; Oleg Zherebstov. Oleg is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word, growing up to humble origins and arbitraging basic consumer goods between towns in his childhood and then later after communism fell, starting his own convenience store chain. Oleg managed to grow that chain into Lenta, or what is now Russia's version of Costco, selling his ownership in the company after 12 years for $150 million. Oleg then poured the vast majority ...
... are generally white with luxuriant gold-leaf trim while later rooms are decorated in the classic style that Catherine preferred, using less gold and more color and include a Wedgwood room.
The original palace was partially destroyed and gutted by the Germans during World War II. Some of the furnishings have been recovered and it has been carefully restored to make it as close to the original as possible. The present Amber Room is ...
... populace as well.
In the early 1700’s, Tsar Peter the Great felt that his country needed to look more toward the West. He also wanted a port on the Baltic, so he decided to create a new city with western influences in the swamp that was the mouth of the Neva River as it entered the Gulf of Finland, and he moved Russia’s government there. Using an urban plan taken somewhat from Amsterdam, he created a couple of major ...
... ones there.
With the morning wasted on washing clothes, we visited more churches in the afternoon. Russian churches are much different than European churches, which tend to all look the same after a while. We visited St. Issac’s Cathedral which wasn’t all that interesting on the inside, but there was a 260 step climb up to the Colonnade where ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNovotel St Petersburg Centre St. Petersburg
Definately. Walking distance to the main shopping areas and central sights. Easy access to the Metro
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