Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... this structure stands out across the city. Of course, it doesn’t take much to stand out in St. Petersburg. The entire city is built on over 40 islands with soft, marshy ground causing nearly all buildings to be no higher than 4 stories. There are no “sky scrapers” in the 2nd largest city in Russia.
What was equally as fascinating as the sites we saw, were the discussions we had with the ...
... the first democratically elected president of Russia he specifically revived the Kronstadt rebels as an early example of opposition to the Bolsheviks and showed that the Bolsheviks own records indicated that the rebels were never allied with the White Army. Yeltsin rehabilitated the rebels and declared that a memorial be built to them and all the victims of the Civil War at Kronstadt. There is an eternal flame within a marble ...
... is the Trubetskoi Bastion Prison (aka the "Russian Bastille") which you can tour and see the prisoners' quarters as they were back then (the 1800's and early 1900's). There isn't much more in the rooms than a cot, a table and a small lamp, and there are two solitary confinement rooms that you can go into and shut the door to see what it would be like to be in confinement at that time. Also on the wall are some histories of the famous ...
... sunny afternoon.
And so, finally, at 11:30pm we were all done and now were standing around (and standing around) discussing (and discussing) what to do about dinner. Gray and I said we were going to walk back to the hotel (about 10 mins away, maybe 15 at a stroll) but this generated alarm all round so we were driven a very long way through heavy traffic. Grateful, we fled upstairs for our odd dinner of bananas, sweet wafers and chips. The others, we learned, didn't get to bed until ...
Thursday 28th March 2013. What a day! Kids have school in the morning, the movers pack our stuff during the day while we're busy cleaning and sorting last minute paperwork. Surely we've forgotten to do something? The movers leave at 3pm and it's a rush to tidy the house and take things to our own storage (just in case we need to head back early). Our car has been sold and is picked up in the evening. We're staying in a hotel for our last night in Welwyn and we're meeting friends ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet