Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... translation services. Not to mention even if the opera was in English my attention span would probably face a challenge with sleep...people were nodding off left and right as an opera is not exactly a Zenit football game.
Sunday a group of us decided to experience the Russian "banya". For those who don't know, Russian's will all go to these public bath-houses called "banya's", basically get naked and then go inside these super hot steam rooms. The Banya ...
... for two and got one well done (burnt) and another not done...both without ham! perfect if we'd asked for two soles for shoes.
The Sapsan is comfortable and blasts us into a much chillier St Peterburg (15degrees?) at around 120mph. Rolling countryside and long lakes.
We romp down to the hostel about 3/4 of a mile next to the river.
The hostel, tucked away as usual ...
... even have a clue of where I was.
At nine o’clock my guide arrived. Alexandra, 24 years of age would take me for a 3 hours walking tour. Well let’s see. The last tour in Moscow, we took the underground to go to the city centre but this time we walked and walked some more which was very enjoyable and interesting and Alexandra just kept on talking. She tried to work out what my interests were, which was easy because it covers a very wide variety of subjects. ...
... murals depicting saints and stories from the Bible - believably impressive. Also walked along one of the canals that St. P is famous for. Oh, and did a little shopping along the way, we're running out of time! Dinner was Russian soup and stuffed bread.washed down with a beer. Our first rainy evening in over 3 weeks - our luck was with us so ...
... on. The works are incredible - detail for Rembrandt or color for Monet. It is an exhilarating experience. The buildings themselves are a museum without the displays. Only 20% of their collection is on display at any one time. The collection was started by Catherine the Great. Stalin sold some important works to the US and other countries. I didn't buy a photo permit because photos just don't do it justice in my mind. What a treasure!
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- Free High-Speed Internet
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