Pretty Petersburg

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Flag of Russia  , North-West Russia,
Thursday, August 19, 2010

When we got to St. Petersburg we didn't fare as well as we did in Moscow when it came to finding our hostel. We immediately set off in the wrong direction as soon as we got out of the Metro Station and it was pretty much downhill from there. When we finally managed to find our street (a block away from the Metro station) we'd already been walking around for an hour. We simply could not spot our hostel even though we walked up and down the street at least 5 times. At one point we stopped to look at a British telephone box, took a photo and kept searching. It was only half an hour later, after we had enlisted the help of a group of russian teenagers that we managed to find the entrance....right by the telephone box of course! 
We could immediately tell why they call St. Petersburg Russia's prettiest city. We walked all over the place as its the best way to see it. The architecture is amazing, the river and canal walks are beautiful and the world famous Hermitage Museum deserves its reputation
It seems like Friday is THE day to get married in St. Petersburg. As we walked around we counted no less than 17 brides(!!) taking photos by the rivers, monuments or in the gorgeous gardens. When a couple gets married they will also go to a bridge and attach a padlock as a sign of their eternal bond. (Thanks for the insight Anna!)
St. Petersburg also has loads of underground bars, one of which we went to at 00:30 at night in sandals and shorts! We met some great people in our hostel from Darcy the American girl who has coninced me to the virtues of couch surfing, to Sarah and Jenny the girls from Melbourne who we drank straight vodka with for most of Saturday night and finally Yuri the Ukranian who gave us loads of information about the eating habits of Russians as well as Pascha the stoned hostel guy who kept playing us his music. This is why we love hostels. You would never meet such people in a hotel.
Now we go on another over night train (we have food with us) to Vladimir. We get off at 05:00 a.m, then locate a bus to take us to Suzdal which is meant to be very pretty.
Dasvidanya people! Love Karen & Paul xxx
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Kylee on

haha loved reading it! but wheres the photo of the red telephone box with the entrance right next to it! haha

mom @ dad on

once again great read and fantastic pictures,also nice to see you and talk to you on skype take care and enjoy every minute xxxxxxxxxxx

Andy Morse on

Great! This is like going round the world without leaving my chair...

Ashley an Anna on

Just wanted to tell you both that we are not jealous at all ! So what if your traveling the world ! Wow Wee !!! x x

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