Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... for about two hours and spoke with him for another two afterwards.
Thursday we were off to Imperial Porcelain, the official porcelain supplier to the Czars dating back to the 18th century. During communist times Imperial Porcelain made communist-themed designs and motifs and most recently at the G20, every leader's spouse was given a customized imperial porcelain set from Mr. Putin himself. Imperial Porcelain is truly an iconic brand for Russians, you can ...
... we made our way up to the palace to tour the rooms. The rooms are kept as they were when it was a summer palace used by the royal family. This is when having Natasha was such a valuable investment. She explained all the rooms and uses, and even negotiated with the security people to get us a good place in line, ahead of the large tour groups. The interesting things we learned about the palace and the Romanov family are as follows:
- Peter the Great fell in love with ...
... in around 450 BC was witness to the Greek- Persian wars. He wrote: “War is sweet to those who have no experience of it. But the experiences man trembles exceedingly in his heart at its approach.” How true this is. If we look at today's state of the world the only person I can see plays with the thought of war is that “New kid on the block” in North Korea as he may be one of the few leaders in world who has not experienced any ...
... it to a whole new level! We were soon to discover that no one smiled in Russia unless it is absolutely deserving of it. Our Russian guide explained that Russians don't smile unless they have a good reason as they think it makes you look silly/simple. I think they all thought we were a bit odd as we’d be walking around in a big group happily chatting to each other.
So once we finally made it into the city, Svetlana explained the main sights ...
fences (some electrified) and razor wire on top of the fences and any buildings
close to the tracks. The scenery changed
dramatically in Russia. The farm
buildings were all run down, not painted and junked up generally. It was a stark contrast from Finland.
We arrived on time at the station but our guide was nowhere
to be found. She finally found us and
explained that she had gone to the wrong station. We went to ...