Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky
Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... the sunrise and see our first glimpses of Russia. We disembarked the boat and waited in a line to go customs. Our first morning in St Petersburg began with a city tour of the main attractions and some photo opportunities before heading to our hotel. We explored the large shopping centre Galleria and had lunch. I had my first experience of a St Petersburg's night club and lets just say I prefer the Canberra night life.
ST. PETERSBURG AUGUST 17
Today is another beautiful day in St. Petersburg. The temperature is 73 degrees and the sun is shining.
This morning we drove just to see the Smolny Cathedral which is a beautiful white structure whose dome you can see across the city. It was a short drive there to view the cathedral and take pictures. We then went to the Hermitage for our appointment. We were admitted before it was open to the ...
... kind, but neither of them could speak English. Nastya cooked me some potatoes and gave me some bread. I even drank beer and ate a very Russian beer snack, like smoky meat with Misha, Nastya's younger brother.
I was exhausted I decided to sleep. The first night on the couch was so great that the next morning I woke up at 2pm! The effect of jet lag! The first day in Russia was hectic and no fun at all. Just didn't feel right here, not sure why.
... is good. A girl that works for CIEE, Katya, wanted to meet with me later though so she could give me the short version of the welcome orientation I missed last week. We agreed to meet at 4:30 near my apartment.
I'm not gonna lie, there was a five minute period when I thought I was lost for sure getting home. But I got there without a problem and tried to take a nap before meeting Katya. We met each other and went to a cell phone store to get me a phone ...
... we are there on time. This is a wise decision as the traffic is chronic - it is only 50kms or so, but it takes us well over an hour to punch through the traffic.
As it turns out, we arrive in plenty of time, join the queue to pass through security, and finally get to our reserved seats on the Moderately Fast Train. Our Moscow guide bids us farewell, and she departs to pick up her next tour group this evening at ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center