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... it was......in Russian. But there it was, the clue to the next stage. A hand pointing in the direction to go. Yes. Thank you universal non verbal gestures. So off we walked confident in knowing where to go. Note to self: always check on google maps that there is a metro connected to the international train station. Google maps had decided at this moment to not work so that was useless but we had direction. Or so I thought. We walked forward looking for a sign to metro. No sign. ...
... The roads are small in the city and there are lots of cars. Have not seen many Russian cars. They are mostly Fords, GM, Hyundai and Mitsubishi as they have plants in the city. Right now we are on a interstate style highway. 4 lines in each direction. We are getting a better impression of the city. We've seen a lot of new high rise condos. However the closer in they are more soviet style. Old dirty, boring, ugly and in disrepair. Back to Peterhof, it was built by ...
... feature of many steppe and Siberian ancient cultures. Buried with him was a magnificent cart which had been reconstructed as well as a massive carpet and a smaller carpet that is the world's oldest pile carpet. The colours and patterns were stunning.
After that I took in the galleries of Russian art. Lots of fantastic portraits of Tsars and Tsarinas from the earliest Romanovs (who came to power after Ivan the Terrible killed his son and destroyed the Rurikid ...
... seemed very complicated and time consuming to get there, so Maria did what all Russians do when they want to get somewhere fast for not a lot of money, hitchhike! Taxi's are outrageously expensive in Europe and most normal Russians can't afford to pay those prices so they just hold out their hand and within a few seconds someone stops and they pay for a ride. I guess it's a great way for the average citizen who owns a car to make a little extra money giving people ...
... 8217;s a real contradiction to how amazing the city looks. With the exceptions of the Hermitage and the Vodka Museum (yay!) there is no interest in the tourism industry here – we guessed most of the people would prefer it if you stayed at home!
Getting our prepaid train tickets printed at the ticket depot was another all-Russian experience. The booking information sheet we had to give to the ticket booth attendant was in Russian with clear instructions of what ...