Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... a large American LBO firm, bought Imperial Porcelain in the early 2000's thinking they could work some private equity magic on the company....wrong. They gave up after only a year and a half, succumbing to the communist-nostalgic company culture of laziness with little to nothing to show for their attempts at making the company more efficient, and the Russian's deeply offended that someone let "Imperial Porcelain" a syllogism of Russian pride, be tastelessly bought by ...
... the Palace as a summer home, but also as a monument to his defeating Sweden in the war that made St. Petersburg a Russian city. There are many allegorical references to that victory throughout the palace and grounds. At a certain point you have to wonder if he spent more money celebrating that victory than he did actually achieving it.
- Peter's youngest daughter Elizabeth succeeded him on the throne. As she was the youngest daughter she had never been groomed to rule, she ...
... been afraid of”something”.
Although Russia is not the former USSR anymore and has moved to a free market economy plus has democratic elections it does not mean that people necessarily can relax and are free as we are in the west. Again as were in the case in Vietnam, as a traveler you can but see the surface and may only find out what lays below it when you make connection with a local who thrust you. What he was afraid off… ...
... puts on their wedding dresses for photos. She said Fridays were the main day to get married (Evan counted 10 on a Wednesday) and she also joked that Mondays was the day for divorce, apparently Russia has one of the highest divorce rates. All of the men still expect women to fill the traditional women’s duties which doesn’t go down so well with the women.
One stop we made was at a souvenir place where they give out free vodka shots. ...
... St Isaac’s
Cathedral and Peter and Paul Fortress. I
have attached some photos of the area.
We learned about the Peter the Great and successive leaders of Russia in
the 18th century, the czars and the royal family of Romanov’s. The Peter and Paul fortress is the original
protective fortifications ordered by Peter the Great to protect against
invasion by the Swedes. The church on
the grounds is not ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services