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We arrived in St. Petersburg on the Princess Maria at about 9 or so. We slept in but had plenty of time to get off to spend about 56 hours of our 72 hour visa. That's not much time for such a beautiful and historical city of 4.5 million people.
We stayed at Friends Hostel, modeled weirdly on the American TV show of the same name. Our kitchen looked like theirs (so Deanne ...
... Russia with American music playing in the background ...this really is Superpower stuff. The portions were massive but everything was fresh. There is a cracking good glass and porcelain museum at the imperial pottery. Quite breathtaking and a feast for the eyes. If we were going home on Monday we would have treated ourselves to a pair of beautiful coffee cups and saucers. As we head off to Moscow on Monday we resisted temptation!Perhaps one of the ...
... box throughout my childhood.
We ended the day by visiting the Moscow State Circus. I do love a circus however without being able to understand the filling story it was a bit of a challenge to follow. I was surprised when after intermission a giant safety ring was erected surrounding the stage and when the lights were switched on twelve giant tigers were revealed. I didn't realise that animals were still used in circus in this day and age. Initially I was wowed and the sight ...
... but not complaining as it seemed to work. The train journey itself was an eye opening experience. Got a bit weird when the reasonably young russian girl who was sharing our cabin started to get quite friendly with our other cabin mate, a quite old man who claimed to have done every decathlon under the sun and is now the coach for the German Olympic football team....not the people I had in mind to meet on our travels. Never mind, in Moscow now. TTFN, Christine and Tom ...
... design of the buildings.
Our second day was spent wandering around the city streets.
We visited the Blockage Museum which is dedicated solely to the Siege of Leningrad (former name for St Petersburg). During World War 2 when Germany was trying to capture St Petersburg they put a barrier around the city so not food could enter in during this ...