St Petersburg - the city

Trip Start Aug 08, 2013
Trip End Oct 23, 2013

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Flag of Russia  , North-West Russia,
Sunday, September 1, 2013

Another busy round of sites to see in another (albeit the last) Russian city.  The first part of our tour is just about over.  (Writing this blog on a Finnish train at 200 kmh and free wi-fi connection - this is living!) 

The first day in St Petersburg consisted of a city tour. Being refreshed by our overnight sleep (we can now sleep on any train, anywhere!).  Woken at 0810 with omelette, roll and coffee Russian Railways are excelling themselves!

Off on a bus to the cultural area - opera, ballet, music conservatoria - then to a church that was built on the site of an assassinated person.  Suffice to say another OTT (over the top) decorated church which also contains a 7,000 sqm mosiac - which we didn't see because of the queue.  Just to take in the decorations of the exterior would take half a day.

 Then down to the river.  There was nothing here in the delta of the River Neva before 1703 when Peter the Great wanted to build a city near to Europe and a port for Russia on the Baltic.  He, and subsequent Tsars did a good job!  The river is fronted by enormous buildings such as Winter Palace, the Hermitage museum, Customs House, Stock Exchange.

Our next stop was the fortress island containing the Russian Mint and the church of St Peter and Paul - the burial place of the Tsars.  We have now seen where Nikolai II (the last Tsar) was abducted, executed and finally buried.

Our last call of the day was the cathedral St Isaac in central St Petersburg.  Another enormous structure opulently decorated within.  The scale, decoration just takes ones breath away!

Next installment are the Summer and Winter palaces.

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Margaret and Robert on

I also had problems trying to update our travel blog using Android. Fortunately for us, we're travelling with a Windows computer as well. Russia is on our list of places to visit so we're very interested in your impressions. The photos of Moscow were great so looking forward to seeing your St Petersburg pics. Love Margaret

Bob Rogers on

It just gets better & better Roger. We are very interested in your impressions of Helsinki (I take it that's where you're headed if you are on a Finnish train).
Jean & i plan this in our Scandinavian trip next year..


pypes on

How well I rember Leningrad, walking on the first day and a companion in a liverpool accent asked a militiaman: "Hey mate, where's the 'ermitage" A blank stare from the Russian soldier. Liverpulian: "Bleeding Russkis can't even speak their own language" I took the militiaman aside and mentioned: "EESAKI" He immediately pointed us in the right direction. Ho Hum.

Karen on

I was patient and waited a few minutes to see the 24 seconds of footage on the iPad. It slowly unfolded. I'm keen for you o show me how to use travel pod when you get home. Progress across the road but still looks like a major construction site. Spring has sprung. Everything in the garden is going mad with growth.

Keith on

it all looks very wonderful were to from here . I hope you are keeping an acc of expenses I was led to believe that that part of the world is not very cheap.Did you vote before you left ?

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