Last But Certainly Not Least

Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
Trip End Nov 19, 2012

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Flag of Russia  , North-West Russia,
Sunday, October 21, 2012

After spending the entire day yesterday at one of the most amazing museums in the world, I kinda thought our last day in St. Petersburg would be a bit anti-climactic. Boy was I wrong!

This morning I decided to play it safe and have breakfast in the hotel which has a very nice restaurant. It still wasn't that great, but better than everything else out there. After breakfast we were going to take the bus to our first destination, The Peter and Paul Fortress, but it seemed very complicated and time consuming to get there, so Maria did what all Russians do when they want to get somewhere fast for not a lot of money, hitchhike! Taxi's are outrageously expensive in Europe and most normal Russians can't afford to pay those prices so they just hold out their hand and within a few seconds someone stops and they pay for a ride. I guess it's a great way for the average citizen who owns a car to make a little extra money giving people rides. So, before I knew it we were in some complete stranger's car on our way to the fortress! Crazy!!

The Peter and Paul Fortress was the very first settlement that started the city of St. Petersburg and it was founded by Peter the Great. But one thing I didn't know is that inside the small Cathedral at the center of the fortress lie the remains of many of the Grand Dukes and Duchesses of the Russian Imperial Family! So, you can imagine my surprise when I entered the cathedral and came face to face with some of the most infamous rulers in Russian history. Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and Tsar Nicholas II and his entire family who were executed during the 1917 Revolution. Totally cool! There's also a pretty cool prison and museum in the fortress as well.

We decided to walk back to our hotel instead of hitchhiking and along the way we passed a great war museum which features all the great Russian killing machines of the 20th century including portable nuclear missile launchers, all arranged like a playground for guys. It was great!

We finished off the day with a great dinner at a nice restaurant next to the hotel. After dinner I sipped on one last pathetic overpriced cocktail at the hotel, then it was off to bed.

The next day we took the train back to Moscow. St. Petersburg was a really great city and there is so much more to see I definitely have to return one day......
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Carolyn on

Beautiful photos! Thank you for taking us along.

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