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Trip Start May 02, 2006
113Trip End Mar 02, 2007
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Anyways, so we leave Tallin bound for St.P on what we thought was going to be a Eurolines state of the art Mercedes coach (seriouslly, check out their web page) but we're disappointed to see what looked like a 1950's Russian school bus turn up. OK, no problem it's only about 300 hundred kilometers we figure, it'll harden our butts for the longer trips to come. I mean how long can 300 km's take, 6 hours max huh. Nuh-uh, 12 hours later sitting on the biggest heap of crap still on the road we arrived in St.P.
I had the back seat to myself most of the trip until after we crossed the border where a lady and her young son got on and sat down next to me
So, St. Petersburg. Kat and I had four days to make the most of what was once a truly magnificent city. The Winter Palace, The Hermitage (actually one and the same which confused us), Admiralty House, Church of St Catherine, Peter and Paul Fortress, Nevsky Prospekt and much much more. We tried to take as much in as we could but feel we didn't get to see as much as we ought to have. It's the sort of city where you could spend 2 weeks in and still feel you've not seen enough. The architecture is simply astounding, the Winter Palace must've rivaled the Palias of Versailles in its day and the art collection in the Hermitage is rammed with the great masters including two Michael Angelos.
We were fortunate to be in town during the City parade which was big, very big
So, thoughts on St.P and our experience with the locals ? Well, we have to say the Russians we delt with on a number of occasions were complete wankers. No matter how hard we would try and converse to achieve anything they just couldn't care less. They were rude, they stank and they're serious boozehounds. I know I know, they're fighting an uphill battle with life in general (mafia excepted) and I'm sure the people we delt with were the exception rather than the rule but I can only comment on the people we had to deal with on daily basis. They were enough for us both to vow never to come back to Russia. Glad we did it but we won't be coming back. It seems they make it hard for you to get in and then make it hard for you when you're there.
On St Petersburg's itself
Anyway, I'm moaning now and I'd hate to end on that note. We have since met travellers that visited St.P and loved it. But and it's a big but, they all visited it in winter when the river is frozen over and there's generally a blanket of snow. Still can't see the attraction but if you're going to go maybe visit in winter. It'll be cold but it could possibly be worth it. Or perhaps just go for the St.P City Day Parade, now that was something to behold.
Next stop Riga.
Nath and Kat.