Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... meet the captain and crew with a champagne
toast for the trip and then off we went on our voyage. The boat ride is very
smooth and the boys have loved the lifeboat drill as well as settling down for
a quiet nap. They also enjoyed a drink with lunch at the Moscow Hotel but as
Charlie Koala found out, you were only allowed to have one drink with lunch! He
became quite tipsy and fell over.
Dinner is over and we have settled down ...
... percentage of the population that appear to be either on the streets in poverty or struggling living in what appeared to be very old houses, and large unit complexes in various sad state if repair. Even when you look down the side streets in the city, the lack of maintenance and need for significant attention to buildings and infrastruure is very clear. The lack of what we would expect in normal kerb and channelling is a key observation, understanding the age of ...
... kind of dutch. Good for us, because the information available was only in Russian, despite the amount of foreign visitors.
The palace itself was actually not big, nevertheless quite impressive with beautiful interiors in different styles (baroque, Chinese, Japanese, with dutch delft's blue tiles etc). As the place had to digest a huge amount of tourists we were driven through the palace as cattle, not allowed to pause and have a careful look, let ...
... on to the Winter Palace. Now there is also the small hermitage (where Catherine’s favorite lovers had their suites), the old hermitage (for very important guests) and the new hermitage (the first building to open as a museum.)
It only took 6 years to build the Winter Palace, which is shocking to me. With all of the designs and details in the palace, the fact that it only took 6 years is remarkable.
... and orange juice is always a good option in the evening. We all go in different directions for tea – Theresa and I with a small group go to a restaurant close to the hotel and find our Russian is VERY bad but we all get fed and get back 'home’ safely.
Saturday morning and in the words of our Canadian Gem....OWWWWW MYGAWWWWWWD! And .....for good measure GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ. Petrodvoretz (Peterhof) ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet