Petro Sport Hotel
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... of the local universities. I could barely take photographs of the paintings, I know there is no way I could copy one with a brush. Their talent was amazing.
Another interesting feature of the Hermitage is the Raphael Loggia. It is a relatively narrow hall, but it is around 20 feet tall. Some call the loggia Raphael’s Bible. That is because Raphael painted several stories from the Bible in this loggia.
The Hermitage is ...
... pretty walking paths, lots of trees and playgrounds and is very peaceful. It also houses the artillery museum which had a huge display on the lawn outside for free! Nate is in boy heaven with all these tanks, missiles and planes this trip! Then we walked along Kamennoostroviskiy Prospekt (just so I'd have the chance to try and spell that here!). It's supposed to be one of the most architecturally beautiful streets here. I'm sure it was in its prime, and some buildings still were, but ...
... could take a staircase up for 100R ($2) but nobody was checking and I wasn't about to climb up. It is an interesting place overlooked by the large bus tours that go directly into the palace.
Waiting for the bus back it was standing room only with the bus full of mostly local pensioners. I'm not sure what the conductor was trying ...
... test was made much easier if the inspector received a bribe. But not to worry, we were assured, our bus driver was really a good driver, and didn’t need to resort to bribery to get his license.
When we drove past some police officers, another guide joked that most cops have huge stomachs. That’s because if motorists are stopped for a violation, it’s much easier to pay off the officer than to face an official penalty.
... that needs to go out for the occasional smoke as we come past!!!
Sorted out accommodation details (which included completing the registration documentation of the Hotel ‘invitation’ that is necessary before being allowed to enter Russia). We had given our Hotel as the ‘inviter’ to Passport Control (i.e. it had to be that Hotel we stayed at, so ‘REALLY’ glad we finally ...