Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
We had been thinking of finding a guide to help us around in Moscow and St Petersburg – but I am glad that we didn't go to that trouble as it has been a piece of cake getting around these cities. We had thought that we would not be able to read words in Cyrillic script but we have picked up quite a bit and can vaguely read the things that we …
... feature of many steppe and Siberian ancient cultures. Buried with him was a magnificent cart which had been reconstructed as well as a massive carpet and a smaller carpet that is the world's oldest pile carpet. The colours and patterns were stunning.
After that I took in the galleries of Russian art. Lots of fantastic portraits of Tsars and Tsarinas from the earliest Romanovs (who came to power after Ivan the Terrible killed his son and destroyed the Rurikid ...
... There is a large amount of reconstruction going on, a process that has been on-going since World War II, albeit rather erratically depending on the prevailing political winds. There was some loss during the period of 'Stalin Architecture' when buildings were destroyed to make way for these typically massive, solid looking edifices. However usually the great heritage buildings became museums and if not being renovated were at least only succumbing to normal ...
... be our most comfortable ride as we were to find our later. We arrived in St Petersburg at about 8am and found it colder than Moscow. We were now alone with no Russian translator, except for google translator, never the less we were able to navigate the local transport service to arrive at our hotel. Bags were dumped and we headed out to explore the city. The initial plan was to hit the Peterhoff Palace first but owing to the fountains being turned off and ...
... we mentioned the photo shoot posing of the Estonians in our earlier blog, but this was on a different level, the men and women of Russia are world champion photo posers. We started taking our own Vogue moments and the more ridiculously over-the-top we went, the more approving nods we received from the St Petersburgians.
Another marvel we witnessed was the home made pop star. To have an idea of what Russian pop music is like think Eurovision song contest style ...
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