Hotel Mark Inn
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Free parking
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We awoke Friday morning, excited to be in Russia. St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia, and located at the top of the Gulf of Finland. Though visas are required for Russia, we were able to bypass this by booking excursions through our cruise ship. When we first awoke, we were greeted by the news of the plane that had been shot down in Ukraine. While a bit unsettling (especially since I was just at Amsterdam airport the week prior), it didn't seem to have an ...
... in the prison over the course of it's time. They were mainly members of political groups that organized rebellions, or nobles and royal family members that tried to unseat the czar or emperor. I was surprised with how many of the prisoners were women, it seems rebels were treated equally despite gender.
Our last stop before leaving the fortress was the Neva Curtain, an archway in the fortress walls that takes you to the boat landing ...
... had incredible views of the Golden dome at Saint Isaac's cathedral, which was a block or so away from the hotel. The church, which survived shelling from the Nazi's during the 900 day long blockade of the city (then called Leningrad), offered a perfect view for us as we enjoyed our drinks. Little did we know when we booked the hotel that the rooftop bar area is one of the trendiest bars in St. P. It was already starting to get packed when we ...
... up vertical walls, everything of course gilded and ornate so it feels like being inside a child's musical jewellery box. The seating was separate chairs, arranged as for a school concert; padded seats and iron-hard wooden backs; all a little large for dachshund-legged little me who had to swing her leggies all evening.
First interval to the bathroom, where I stood in a queue behind a woman from Temora!!! And second out onto an upstairs balcony overlooking the park. 10pm and still ...
... and get to experience the first part of our train journey. As we are again taken to the train station by our driver we finally find our train after a very slow translation with our guide book and climb aboard!! Glad we picked the upgrade and get to travel first class, this is very swish!! Could get used to this kind of travel, no pushing on the tube and smelly armpits to deal with. One small night cap before bed.
Next stop Moscow!!! See you all ...