Altburg On Vasilyevsky
Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... it's so rude that people feel they can slowly destroy a piece of art for a ****** one off photo (rant over).
Leaving the Hermitage, we make another soggy stroll to the Church of our Saviour on Spilled blood. Modelled on St Basil's in Moscow, it is a grander cousin (more gold marshmallows) but while beautiful St Basil's is still my favourite. We stand and admire as much as our waterproofs allow, the rain still pouring.
... The buildings have intricate detailing, and sculptures are often intertwined into the overall look. I've put a few photos of these to show - also the colours, bright pastels. We got ourselves settled into our hostel - we stayed at the Apple Hostel Italy, interesting name for St Petersburg. We had some very fun hostel hosts - Oksana and Jennia they hassled our accents as well as a couple of Aussies staying there too. That afternoon we went ...
Despite the fact than I'm not an overweight, aging, French actor, Mr Putin saw it fit to let me in to the country. Clearly shaving last night did the trick on the stone faced border control lady. I get on a bus into the city during rush hour and get off with everyone else although I think I've got off too soon and spend the next 20 minutes sheepishly trying to get my bearings before convincing myself I am in the right place. Next transport challenge is the ...
often approached by Russians asking us questions or just talking to us. The
other day a man walked up to Sean, shoved his camera into Sean’s hand and fired
a whole list of instructions at him. Sean being Sean duly took the requested
photo and encouraged the man to have a look at what he had taken. The man
didn’t even try to hide how unimpressed he was with Sean’s work and got even
more animated with his new and ...
... slight rise or hill. There is an
upper garden in the English style with straight rows of manicured trees,
hedges, etc. The lower garden was
renaissance style. We visited the palace
first. I can’t imagine something being
more opulent. They say it is patterned
after Versai in France, which I have not seen.
Gold is everywhere, each room is different and patterned after some
exotic place including the orient. The ...