Russian Roulette

Trip Start Feb 16, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Arrived in St Petersberg, managing to get past the extremly unfriendly, unwelcoming and notoriously inhospitable Russian border guards (and without an invotation letter) and it all seems to be worth it. The city is really interesting, has lots of history, impresive architecure...and more importantly a great nightlife with extremly cheap vodka!
St Petersberg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great on May 27, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years, located on the Neva River at the east end of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea and generally recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Although I am now in Russia, it still feels quite European, hence its nick name 'Venice of the North'.
One of the most impressive sights, i thought was the Church of
Resurrection Built on Spilt Blood (errected where Alexander
II was assassinated in 1881). I also went to St Peters Fortress, the Great Choir Synagogue, had a walk along the famous Nevski Prospect and went up St Issacs Catheral which offered good panoramic views of the city.
Most of the next day I walked around The Hermitage which has one of the biggest and finest collections of art in the world, if the arts not enough then just the building itself is a masterpiece, as itis sistuated in the huge Royal Palace. I wondered around for hours inside, never seeing the same room again, it was so big you needed a map to navigate your way round it. Just to put into perspective how big it really is...there are 1786 doors, 177 stair cases & 1057 rooms. If you stood in front of every piece of art for one minute you would be there for over 5 years!!
In the evening, I went to a cool little indy bar set in an underground bomb shelter, where once some of the locals realised i was English, insisted I drink vodka with them (which was good as it was free) and then to a multi level club called Metro.
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