Day 111: St Petersburg Day 3 - Boat Trip

Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
Trip End Jun 04, 2011

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We had to check out today by 12.00pm but our train to Moscow was not until 0.40am so we decided to have a very late start as there is a long way to go. 

Today, we had decided to do a boat trip on River Neva.  We wanted to do it yesterday but didn't have enough time… At the midway of Nevsky Prospect, there is a bride where tour boats depart.  It costs R400 per person for one hour journey.  You get to see significant monuments in the city but not all of them face on the river so you can only see a part of it and the guide is only in Russian so you have no idea what they are unless you have visited there or something… but all the building on this city are very pretty so just looking around them was good enough maybe.  Many of buildings have bright pastel colours which reminded me Denmark.  St Petersburg is really the gate to the West.

After the boat trip, we popped in a restaurant for a little bite for lunch.   We wanted to find a cheap place so we went in a restaurant where had a buffet.  The price was shown per 100g so by the time you get the quantity you want, it was expensive anyway… Daniel had a chicken and mashed potato and I had rice and some chicken, plus drinks cost nearly 15 for everything.  Well, maybe not too expensive from Western standard, little bit expensive for backpackers…. It said there was WIFI but it wasn't working for some reason so we were heavily disappointed!!! 

After that, I wanted to walk up to St Isaac's Cathedral which is located near Hermitage, at the end of Nevsky Prospect.  We have passed Admiralty, where we wanted to take some photos but didn't just in case we get told off as many guidebooks say not to take photos of official members in Russia so we were too scared… (!) and St Issac's Cathedral was right in front of it.  It was closed as we got there very late so I just took a picture as usual. 

It was getting dark so we wanted to go back to the hostel to pick up our luggage but Nevsky Prospect is very long walk.  It is nice walk to hang around but when you have to go to a certain place, it is a long walk so we decided to adventure and took a bus!  Well, it is not too difficult actually, a young Russian girl who spoke good English told us that all buses go to Moscovsky train station which is at the end of Nevsky Prospect, so we took any bus which came first and got off on the way where we had to take a turn to right and walked to the hotel from there.
It was still too early for our evening train so we used hotel's WIFI a little bit and went to the cafe nearby to chill out.  We were expecting that they had WIFI but it was not free one…. gutted.  And the cafe was closing at 11pm anyway so we left the cafe for the train station at 11pm.  We had checked out Moscovsky station yesterday to see where it was so the journey to the station was straight forward.  We had heavy backpacks with us so we had thought about taking a taxi but it was R300 so decided to walk.  But it wasn't too bad as we had a little break at the cafe.

Moscovsky Station was very huge and there were many people waiting for trains for all sorts of destinations.  There are many shops selling food like snacks and instant noodles, and cafes/restaurants.  Our train No.55 to Moscow arrived at the platform about 30 minutes before the departure time.  We proceeded our way to our carriage No.4.  The train was very modern and all compartments were very clean however the light wasn't working when we got on for some reason!!!! Eventually it worked and the train left on time.  We shared a compartment with a French couple who were also travelling around the world so we had a little chat but it was very late already so went to bed soon after the train left….

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