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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
Today was a day of walking in the footsteps of two giants of Russian history: Peter the Great and Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Woke up to a grey and overcast morning. It rained a little overnight and it looked like it could rain a bit more. After breakfast I headed out to Peterhof palace, which is a little way out of the city. I could've caught a bus or a train there, but instead I caught the Meteor hydrofoil there. I really wanted to get out onto the Baltic Sea before I left. The boat left ...
... the war and has been reconstructed to its former glory. No photos are allowed inside the palace so the security guards were out in full force to implement this rule. More gold leaf and chandeliers adorned the walls and ceilings of this palace.
The gardens were quite spectacular with the Grand Cascade containing a series of 64 fountains, 37 gilt statues and 3 waterfalls. See photos for details.
A mediocre ...
... Blood," so called because it was built on the site of the assassination of Czar Alexander II. It is an absolutely huge church with onion domes ala St Basil's in Moscow and covered inside with golden mosaics.
We also visited St. Isaac's Cathedral, the church whose golden dome dominates the St. Petersburg skyline. And on our last morning, we checked out the Armenian Catholic Church and the Kazan Cathedral, which ...
... the stops when he put this baby together. It’s like every building in the city centre is a palace and it gets a bit tough to know what you should be taking a picture of. We stayed at Nevsky Grand Hotel (unfortunately, not all that Grand!) that was conveniently placed near Nevsky Prospekt which is the main drag.
There is a real mix of wealth in this city. Lots of Porsches, Aston Martins and Ferraris parked alongside ancient Ladas. The one constant was how ...
... metro etc were.
When we got back to our cabin I finally got to hang clothes in the wardrobe – after three weeks of not being able to unpack completely, this was a great feeling.
The ship is moored on the Neva River which is fed from the Lake Ladoga. There are 327 bridges on the Neva – Pieter De Boer would love it! The river freezes over in winter.
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service