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... hang around till 11:00am
It was a lovely sunny day so when we got there and walked up along the canal to the Palace the fountains were glorious with the water glistening in the light.
We didn't go into the palace but walked around with many other tourists (mainly Chinese)
After about 2.5 hours we had to ...
... okay. We had seen what we had planned for the day so it was time to head back to Rossi Hotel. A few of us went for a look around St Petersburg. We crossed the canal and just walked until we found what looked like a mall. It looked to be a pretty up market mall, save that for another day. By now we were hungry, the ice cream didn't quite do it, so we found a restaurant within the mall and ordered a pizza each to share. They were very nice and thin ...
... a lady who we assume was a Russian tourist discussing the meaning of life with the ticket booth operator. After around 10 minutes as the second in line we got to the front and immediately forgave the lady before us - it was clearly the ticket operator's fault! Eventually we got our museum tickets. This was only a minor victory though, as this only entitled us to join the line for entrance to the museum. I claimed a spot at the end of the line and Simone went to confirm what line we ...
... anywhere in the world, they are like galleries, with marble flooring, chandeliers and stone carvings on all the columns. The escalator that took us down to track level went at breakneck speed (stay to the right and hold on) and likely down some 3 or 400 feet below ground. We boarded the train for just one stop and compared to my Toronto memories – we flew at speeds never experienced before on an underground train.
Our driver, Igor was ...
... introduction to Ukrainian/Russian cuisine; I tried the Borscht, a beetroot and pork soup for starters and Pierogi dumplings for mains. I would soon learn that that Russian's love a bit of sour cream as both courses were served with it, actually come to think of it everybody's food was regardless of the choice. The walk to the restaurant was my first encounter with the Russian outdoors and whilst it was cold it was nowhere near the -15 degrees I had been bracing myself for. Don't get ...