Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden
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TravelPod Member ReviewsOriginal Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden St. Petersburg
About 20 to 30 minutes to walk to city centre which is good considering the size of the city but for the weak at walking, the subway is readily available. Gorgeous hotel, great breakfast, wonderful service.
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... the owners introduced themselves. We had a blast talking to the two owners who called themselves the "Finnish American Pickers" because they go to the US to buy our antiques and retro rock stuff.
They look like they're made of money and buy all the toys they can find. One of the owners also makes sets and restaurant layouts and there was a section of retro furniture. Very cool, but we had a ferry to catch and hated to leave so early.
... of yet, so we got over there just in time before it closed.
I’m so glad I didn’t miss seeing the inside of this church. It might be the most impressive church I’ve ever been in. It’s pretty big inside, but by no means the biggest church I’ve seen. The thing that blew me away was that there were no paintings inside the church at all. Not one. But everything in the church ...
... by the grandeur of the city. I had been expecting a small city, narrow rounds, and square grey apartment blocks but in their place were wide roads, grand brightly coloured buildings with detailed facades, and a never ending stream of Christmas lights and trees.
I breathed a sigh of relief as we pulled up to the correct hotel but that relief was quickly replaced with dread on check in as they asked for my passport and told me to collect it later. I know this doesn't sound scary, ...
... Here in St Petersburg there were 2,000,000 Russians killed. And the devastation the Germans did whilst they occupied parts of Russia is hard to communicate. The Russians took most of their art treasures and sculpures from here prior to the German advance but couldn't take them all and the Germans deliberately destroyed a lot. Anyway, so much for the history lesson. Unbelievable to think we are here in St. ...
... western trappings everywhere. The opposite is the everyday manual worker who still looks from a past era, as does a lot of the machinery in use? Well, one of the special things to do is to go to the Ballet in one of the lovely theatres, so we went for another walk to the Miariinskiy Theatre across town, one of the worlds great Opera and Ballet locations. A fair long walk but seeing different sights all the time and it's still snowing! And of course its dark now as that ...