Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
I am at TGI Fridays at St Petersburg airport (this to start with says something about the new Russia), so this is a good chance to tell you about my adventures over two and a half weeks in St Petersburg and surroundings. We stayed in the Saint-Petersburg Hotel which was inexpensive, large, comfortable and convenient for the Metro. Also a brisk 40 …
Ah yes The neighbour to the EAST good old Russia It amazes me to think that only 20 years ago it would have been nearly impossible for me to get a visa to Russia, now it IS possible, but still somewhat difficult. St Petersburg is only about a 3 ½ hour drive away from Helsinki (by bus) but with boarder customs youd better set aside a whole day. It …
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Today I headed out to Tsarkoe selo, the Catherine Palace which is about half an hour outside of the city. From the website it seemed simplest to catch the 186 bus. I made sure i got on the right bus, forgot to check it was going in the right direction! At the end of the line, I was able to ascertain from the conductor to get off and wait at the opposite stop. So I waited. And waited. I couldnt ...
... Too busy texting a friend (you know who you are and I look forward to winning the challenge) as I pay and go and it’s not long before the waiter catches me up and says “You forget….” and hands my coat over.
Unfortunately, the Aurora is closed for what appears to be a cleaning and painting operation. Its gunfire signalled the start of the October revolution. Bit of an old hand at running the Metro now so pop up on Nevsky ...
... never seen inside an Orthodox Church before so it was interesting to see. Their services go from 3-7 hours and no sitting is allowed ( except for the Tzar as we later found out at another church). There are no seats to be seen so its looks quite different to what I'm use to seeing in a church. We asked our guide to drop us at one end of Nevskiy Prospekt - the main street in St Petersburg. Our hotel is at the other end ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking
Being on the other side of the river from the historic district made for expensive cab rides or a bit of a walk to their extensive metro, but the view was worth it!
The room was exceptional for the price paid and the term "breakfast included" left visions of rolls and coffee. In reality it was a feast! Eggs and sausages fixed multiple ways, fruit, bread, vegetables and salads. In Russia it seemed every breakfast includes tomatoes and cucumbers. Pastries, merinegues, pancakes with fruits or syrups and of course coffee tea and fruit juices, all in a dinning room with the fabulous view of the historic St Petersburg.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.