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Well here we are in St Petersburg, Russia. Once known as Leningrad.
We left Tallinn this morning just prior to 7am and headed for the Estonia/Russian Border.
We were warned again on how to behave and how the procedure would pan out.
3 check points, first one in Estonia.
Our bus driver managed to pass 2 …
The night before we cross the border into Russia, the tour guide called a special meeting to give us instructions on what to do, what not to do, what the process is and what to expect. The last time she went through with a big group, everything went very smoothly and it took 3 hours and 45 minutes. Almost four hours!!! Are they mad?! It's not like …
Got to St. Petersburg just before noon (8 hours ahead of Raleigh time) and took a taxi into the city. Spent an hour looking for the hostel and then another hour looking for an ATM so I could pay my accommodation and registration fees. Going through customs was a tad nerve racking but wasn't ...
... now 1700hrs and the art museum closes at 1800hrs. As there's no queue and I can just walk in (unlike the 2.5hrs queue for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam the other week), I pay the fee and blitz it. From my trip in 2004, I remember being shown a porcelain plate with sculptured lizards/mice/some such rodent running around the rim - it was, we were told, unique in that they were actually real animals that had been cast in the porcelain before being fired. ...
... assassinated on this very spot in 1881. Modeled after St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, the onion-domed exterior fulfills the common pictures of Russia. The cathedral is full of mosaics, all restored, after it was used during the Communist controlled era as a warehouse for vegetables.
Only a few of the photos can be included. The following photos are grouped by the five locations we visited. The Part 2 post will cover our visit to ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
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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