Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden
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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 …
... already and they are not done.
Russia was one place we probably will not go back to, but I would advise everyone if you can, go there, the architecture and history is amazing.
In the two days here we took over 1500 pictures, I think Beth took a picture of EVERY chandelier she saw and there was one in every room of every palace and church!
... walk barefoot on. We dumped our stuff and headed straight out to walk the length of the Nevsky Prospekt down to the river, with me getting in the way of the busy commuters by stopping and gawping at the amazing facades all the way down. The road is very wide but the fact that it seems to have no lanes marked adds to the traffic chaos. (On the way from the airport we saw two traffic accidents, but no-one seemed to care terribly much. Or be in the least ...
... gardens and entered. The queue for the entrance was enormous and chaotic. Most visitors came in groups with guides, latter most women. They again were quarreling in Russian just outside the entrance on who could enter first and held discussions with the personnel of the palace. We joined up with a dutch tourist group (admitted somewhere in the first third of the queue :-)) and their Russian guide, who adopted us, so that we could get some explanation in ...
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- Shuttle bus service
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- Free High-Speed Internet
TravelPod Member ReviewsSokos 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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