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Today was our last day in Russia, and it was a long one. We were off the boat bright and early, around 7am for a 9 hour guided tour. We piled into the bus for an hour drive from the port, through the city centre, and drove an hour to Tsarskoye Solo. Here, we had a tour of the royal summer residence; Catherines Palace. Following the revolution, the palace had since been renamed the Pushkin, after Russia's most celebrated early ...
... no one had any change. He certainly lived up to the stereotype of massive, angry and rude. the night continued into the early hours and I eventually headed to local burger place for some food.
The next morning I had to check out, although I had around 10 hours until my train to Moscow. The sun decided to make an appearance though and the city took on a different light. I walked around all day and saw the fort down on the river. It was a lot quieter being ...
... years just to get the environmental approvals alone. And if you subsequently discovered any green frogs in a construction area - well - forget it.
The weather here is a bit ordinary - mostly cold and wet. Our guide tells us that St Petersburg "enjoys" 60 days of sunshine a year. In four days we have two, so at least we beat the odds. Our number is starting to thin out a bit as well - one is taken to hospital with suspected pneumonia, a couple more are ...
... we spent about 2 hours walking around, barely seeing anything according to our guide as she said to spend 1 minute at every piece in the galley it would take a person 3.5 years to see everything, which tells you exactly how large it is.
After the Hermitage we headed straight off to see the Peteroff Palace, which is the old Summer Residence. We took a hydrofoil to the Palace, which was a 30 minute boat ride, which was fun in itself as we could see the city from ...
... and Julie for being great cabin-mates on the train to St Petersburg; to London-based Aussie Christina for her sense of humour; and of course to our wonderful tour guide, Russian Elena for the amazing job she's done with all of us over the last week. So tonight we spend our last night in Russia. This is just the first leg, the first quarter of our trip. It's been so wonderful already, such an amazing experience. It's been amazing to be able to read ...
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