Tonight I leave
Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
107Trip End Sep 01, 2007
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St Petersburg was envisioned as a 'European City' and I understand that Moscow is more Soviet style, colder in many ways.... I will only stay there 2 nights and then I'll go to Poland. Apparently if I take the train I will need a transit visa for Belarussia as the train goes through a corner of that country, oh brother another hassle. I may just fly if I can find a cheap flight. altnernatively I can go to IT is built like a w the Cyrillic alphabet, that would help. Anyway I have seen so much since my last entry I thought another write up was essential, for the record! i spent two exhausting days at the Hermitage; one's visual senses get a workout. But I also went to see Tsarkoe Selo (from the Finnish words for elevated land), Peter I gave to his wife Catherine II and she gave it to her daugher Elizabeth, and Pavlovsk Palace, which Catherine II gave to her son Pavel Petrovich, 30 km south of the city near the Slavianka river - both out of the City of St Petersburg. It is rainy and cold now, winter is setting in. Yesterday I went on a 6.5 hour guided walking tour which left from the hostel International hostel, st petersburg www.ryh.ru Address: 28, Third Sovietskaya ulitsa.
I moved to for two nights. THe walking tour went to the Peter and Paul Fortress, built by Peter the Great to protect the city from those dreaded Swedes but which never saw it used (guess it worked). The assassinated family of Czar Nicholas is buried there. I have covered a lot of territory and my shoes show it! Anyway I'll update you from Moscow, after I've seen Lenin's tomb..!
How to get there: the nearest metro station is Ploschad Vosstania/ Mayakovskaya. It will take you approximately 10-12 minutes to walk to the hostel from the metro station. The hostel is clearly signposted in English.