Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... 8217;t successful. By 8:00 we were on the tour bus with our guide Aleksey, making our way through the streets of St. Petersburg and then out of the city to Peterhof, the lavish palace and gardens built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles when he founded St. Petersburg in 1703. We were fortunate to be the first tour group there, well before the official opening time (like getting an early pass to Disneyland). We had a nice tour of the many finely ...
... even say it some friendly Russians for a change! Was ruined when I first got here but a bit food and water has perked me up no end. Its cheap here as well, at least compared to Stockholm, I'm doubtful I'll have as many drinks bought for me here mind but at these prices I wont complain.
Its felt a bit non-stop this trip so far, but that's because I've needed to get through Europe relatively quickly due to how expensive some of the countries have been. Feels like I can ...
... their correct lane when an oncoming vehicle would approach, and even then some of them would simply make a 2 lane highway a 3 lane one! So, with my balls in my throat, we arrived in St. Pete's. A beef stroganoff later and it was snooze time zzzzzz. We crammed a lot into this city and it was now a more enjoyable mix of Russian and European here. As Olga said, "here they are ready for tourist, in Moscow, not so much...". A visit to more monuments ...
... to be careful with car drivers and uneven surfaces. Not exactly child friendly or tourist friendly for that matter. We visit the church of the spilled blood which is very nice, built in typical orthodox manner. A lot of parks are still closed and don't open until the 1st of May. The city sites are spread out and we walk a lot. We cross the large Neva river and walk to the mosque. The dome is lovely but the building is grey and dull. Next we walk across a small bridge called ...
... unarmed strikers (Bloody Sunday) in 1905 and where in 1917 Bolshevik militants stormed the Winter Palace following a shot fired from the Aurora Cruiser.
In the center of the Palace Square stands the Alexander Column. It was built after Russia's victory over the French in the war of 1812 ironically by a French architect. On top of the column is an angel whose face looks like Emperor Alexander I. It is 165 feet tall and made ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet