Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
On our last day in Russia, we checked out the Fortress of Sts. Peter and Paul. This is the first spot on which Peter the Great commanded that a protective fortress be built so he could defend the area that came to be St. Petersburg. The fortress is quite large and includes several buildings. In the Cathedral, we were pretty awed by the ornate, gilded ceilings and altars. This cathedral is also the burying place of all of the Romanov tsars and their families, including Peter ...
... searched in vain nearby for an ATM. Instead we found an old fashioned food hall and coffee place first opened on 1902. We enjoyed a lovely coffee and cake in an unusual setting.
From there we walked back along the River Neva, sitting a while in the sun enjoying the view.
When we were growing up St Petersburg was Leningrad, some far off place you learnt about at school, same as Moscow, and here we were.
After the relaxing pace of the last few days, today was to have a busy schedule. The ship had docked in St Petersburg at 0700 hours, and the tour operator wanted to get away by 0800. It was important to be in the vanguard of the rush off the ship because there would be a queue at the Russian passport control. No visa was required to enter providing it was to join an authorised tour company. Alla Tours was such a company, and offered a ...
To begin: St. Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. He named it Sankt Pieter Burkh after Saint Peter. The city is located on an island in the mouth of the Neva River and there are many bridges that cross it as well as several canals. In 1712, Peter the Great proclaimed it the capital of Russia and then lavishly laid out his city with great palaces, churches and government buildings. Renamed Petrograd in 1918 during WWI, the city ...
... Nevsky Prospect.
It was a lovely, cool, sunny morning so I decided to go ahead and check out, leave my bag and do some walking to make my way into the central area. It was only about 8:30 or 9 when I actually left the hotel and I chose to walk across a different bridge which, from my map, seemed a bit shorter than crossing the 2 islands as I had done the day before.
It proved to be a good idea and I found myself walking along a stretch of the ...
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