Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... Mass. No photos were allowed inside, although that didn't stop a few of the rude cruise ship tourists from doing it anyway, but the service was very interesting to watch. There are no pews, the congregation stands. They walk throughout the church in the earlier parts of the service, lighting candles and praying to or kissing the monuments to the various saints that are located all over the church. The ceremony ended with a choir singing from the back balcony, filling the church with ...
... trying to get heads and tails of the cyrillic captions at the train museum, learning a few useful Russian phrases from an American living in Petrograd for the last year, having had not one complimentary vodka and realising the striking difference between beef and sausage Stroganoff, I found myself in Moskovayska station, ready to embark on the first leg of my Trans-Siberian andventure. Or, you know, terrified that I wouldn't, due to some terrible ticket ...
... build their houses, as stones are not native to that area. As a result, anyone coming to visit had to bring a certain number of stones to donate to buildings.
St. Petersburg really is a beautiful place, even if it is cold. The highs in the summer are 18-20 degrees Celsius (high 60s, I think) whereas in the winters it is normal to have -15 to -18 degrees Celsius. It gets COLD. The architecture downtown is gorgeous. It is in ...
... design but Roman Catholic as designed by
its Italian architect. It is not used as
a church today but as a memorial and final resting place for all the czars and
czarinas and wives though Nicholas II who was murdered along with his wife and
young children by the Lenin-led revolutionaries in 1917. Russian history is very interesting and that
is partly what St. Petersburg is known for, particularly the leadership that
The next part of our trip was up in the air as we had read online that we would only be able to get a 10 day transit visa for Russia, and maybe not even that. But when we returned from our tour around Mongolia we were pleasantly surprised to see that we had been approved for the full tourist visa. So off to Russia we went!
We started out on a 36 hour train from Ulan Bataar to Irkutsk, Siberia. Irkutsk is the closest ...
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking