Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky
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... only cover a relatively small area which is a pain when trying to zip around the city. 9. Everything is done on a grand scale. The boulevards are super wide and stretch for miles. Buildings ginormous yet contain the most intricate of carvings and design. They are also beautifully painted in pastel pink, blue, green or yellow. 10. G20 screwed us over. After seeing numerous black town cars cruising the streets with police escorts we thought something might be going on. Then ...
... opposite Kazan Cathedral, and £4.50 later for a latte, we were ready to go and see the Alexander Nevsky monastery which has some famous graves (Tchaikovsky, Dostoevsky some of Pushkin’s friends and a CF Tolstoy who was an architect – a possible relation?) we also visited the bones of Alexander Nevsky.
We then got on the bus bound for Novgorod, one of the oldest towns in Russia and a UNESCO heritage site.
We sat up the back next to the ...
... into this piece. After many hours wandering we headed outside and watched the Russian Armed Force's practicing for their Victory Day, unfortunately there was no rocket launchers or tanks on display but we did bear witness to some goose stepping. Our final day was spent in Catherine's Palace (Pushkin Palace). Here we saw a lot more bling with arcades of gold and beautiful wooden floors. We saw the amber room, not the original but a reconstruction which was ...
... indoors! :D
20 fags and 6 pints later we stumbled back to the hotel a little worse for wear to be greeted by the “Administrator” - the young lad who hangs around while the hotel owner is elsewhere – to be told our free breakfasts had been revoked because the hotel could not afford to do it anymore! On attempting to negotiate the new deal a fellow flat dweller simply said, well you are in Russia now!
We woke a little hungover and decided ...
Set the alarm this morning for 6:30 which was a shock, but actually turns out we could have spent another hour asleep. Breakfast arrived on cue and was all very hot so we might do that again tomorrow as another early start.
The ship arrived about 7am to rain, but this cleared by 9 so fine for us. Good touring weather as it turns out. We have booked ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center