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... the 3km to Finlyandsky train station to view the statue of Lenin. This was the spot where Lenin arrived back in Russia from Finland and gave a speech which set in place the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917.
After taking some happy snaps we decided to brave the Metro system rather than walk back due to the imminent rain. Thankfully, the metro system in St Petersburg is very simple to navigate, much more so than Moscow, so we had no trouble getting the metro ...
... get to the city center.
We learned that Peter the Great gave the land upon which the Catherine Palace was built to his wife, the Empress Catherine I, in 1708 as a present. Catherine began developing the estate. Their daughter Elizabeth and architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli were responsible for building the Catherine Palace.
We park the bus and begin a short hike over a neat path flanked by equally neat but small buildings on either side. All at once, ...
... P slaps me in the face! The city is enormous! Absolutely enormous! I'm reminded of London, the tall imperious buildings, long curving streets and avenues, a city sprawling across a large river (Neva river). I'm also reminded of Amsterdam, the city surrounded in canals, canals lined with 18th and 19th century spellbinding houses. Such a combination inspiring writers such as Pushkin, Gogol and Dostoevsky ...
Paul writes: Today began very, very early. Having dined at the late seating, having gained an hour overnight due to crossing a time zone, having needed to be up very early to arrive at our tour departure point at 7:00am and no later, we had less sleep than we would have liked. But, St. Petersburg, designed by Peter the Great, Czar of All the Russias, to be the world's most beautiful city awaited us.
We had booked a ship’s tour. To not book a ship’s ...
... I were that guy! At the next stop, a bunch of people got off, and I spied a free seat. Hidden inconspicuously at the back, it would be easy to miss, but I - eagle eye - spotted it! I was seated next to a man from whom I got a bit of a funny vibe, but thought nothing of it. He wiggled in his seat a bit, and had a folder with some important looking papers on his lap. I suddenly realized he had looked at me and was wiggling a bit off. I didn't want to, but I looked over ...
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