Vasilievsky Solo By Sokos Hotel
Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
We toured St. Petersburg for ten hours two days in a row. We were whipped at the end of day one. Following is a snapshot of history.
Relive the glory of imperial Russia in St. Petersburg. Inspired by his travels through Europe, Peter the Great set out to create a grand port city: Russia's "Window to the West". In 1703, the first fortress was erected on the River Neva. ...
... that were shaped like windows. Very flash. I think it was way more impressive than the Palace of Versailles - which was pretty awesome! The coolest bit was the Amber Room which was a room covered floor to ceiling in amber. The walls were made of amber mosaics. There were amber pictures and then amber frames for the pictures - it was all entirely amber, just shades of honey to red! So pretty.
We were also told that one of the grand rooms used to have ...
... Walking around Helsinki is very interesting. Most striking for me was the fact that all signs seem to be in both Finnish and Swedish. While Finnish is a completely inscrutable language with unending strings of vowels and consonants, at least I could make out some root words in the Swedish. The Finnish language sounds a bit lilting, á la the Swedish Chef from the Muppets, but rather lovely, except when produced at full volume by whining ...
Our last full day in this lovely city and we decided to jump on the metro again and visit The Alexander Nevskiy monastery. It is a sprawling monastery complex on the banks of the Neva, founded in 1710 by Peter the Great. It is still a monastery and working cathederal. Services were being held while we were there. We also followed a tour group through the graveyard here. The Tikhvin cemetery houses ...
... Palace which was built in 1819 for Grand Duke Mikhailovsky Pavlovich who was the youngest brother of Alexander 1. The museum houses 400,000 works of art, all exclusively Russian. I took some photos of the paintings I liked but there were so many, it was hard to pick! We walked to the James Cook pub - nothing like going to a British pub in Russia! But lovely beers and red wine to start off the evening event. And Garth has managed to practice ...
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