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May 31, 2014 - Last Day in St Petersburg

May 31. Last day in Russia Grammar and I had a good-bye breakfast with Ruth and Andrew and we were all sad and happy: sad because we were leaving one another; happy because we had travelled so very well together. We have promised to do it again and soon (after dealing with hips and eyes). Then the small, brave bear and the not-so-brave Grammar set out to tackle the Metro (subway) for the first time. We only wanted to go one stop but it was a long walk and I wanted to save my paddy-paws for more exciting things. The Metro seems simpler than...

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May 30, 2014 - St Petersburg III

St Petersburg. Part III May 29 Ruth took it easy this morning after our strenuous day yesterday. Andrew, Grammar and I walked. It was damp and misty all day but we had no major rain. We wandered around "our" neighbourghood, passing St Nicholas' Church, the Mariiensky Theatre and stopping at the Choral Synagogue. It is a striking, red and white Byzantine-style brick building. It was fascinating inside and had a very good, small gift shop with reasonable prices. Andrew bought a lovely lacquer tray. From there, we went to the Yusopov Palace....

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May 28, 2014 - St Petersburg Part II

St Petersburg. Part II St Petersburg is a spectacular city. It is more compact than Moscow for a tourist but the streets are not nearly as orderly. Grammar alone, and Ruth and Andrew together, all spent some time getting lost, or at least going around blocks twice. We had mostly dull skies and rain in St Petersburg but that did not stop us. On the very wettest day, we went to the famous Hermitage Museum. WOW! It is humungeous - I am sure we only saw a tiny bit but what we saw was fabulous. The only problem was that every tourist in St...

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May 27, 2014 - St.Petersburg may 27

St Petersburg. May 27 It seems like a long time since we were in St Petersburg. I am way behind in my blogs because the city is so big and exciting and whenever we were not zooming around, Grammar and Ruth and Andrew were talk, talk, talking. You would think that after three weeks together they would have run out of topics but they didn't and of course, I had to listen. I might have missed something! Our travel to St Petersburg from Listvyanka was exceedingly long. We were picked up three hours before our flight for a one hour drive and a...

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Oct 19, 2013 - Church of Resurrection Built on Spilt Blood, St Petersburg (Russia)

The Church of the Resurrection Built on Spilt Blood will definitely not be to everyone’s tastes, but it is impossible not to admire the dedication and craftsmanship that has gone into the building, and hence it has its own post. The exterior of the building is impressive enough, but once you enter the church the decorations are fabulous. Every surface above 2.0m has been decorated in an extravagant and opulent style, and I mean every surface; walls, column faces, curved domes and ceilings are all covered in artwork depicting various stories...

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Oct 19, 2013 - Days 59 to 63 - St Petersburg (Russia)

It was Monday 14th October and I found myself on a fairly chilly Vilnius platform, waiting for the 19.50 train to St Petersburg. I had booked into a 4-bed kupé, so the main question was who would my companions be? Well, as it turned out, we were all western travellers but how we had come to be in an all-western kupé was a quandary, as we had all booked through different agents. My travelling companions were Rachel and Chris, an English couple from Scotland (?) and Trent, an Australian. As we organised our possessions and sorted the sleeping...

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Oct 12, 2013 - Tallinn tales

Today started quietly and except for the lack of sleep, everything is great. We went out first in the bus for a bit of orientation and then walked from the top of the old town where nobles lived, down to the lower bit where merchants lived and worked. It was staggering to hear the ages of the buildings. I've got a photo of a house built in 1410, which is the exact number of the room I'm in. Kevin bought a jumper from the sweater market, but my money was safe. I'm not feeling the need particularly to buy souvenirs from here. David and Kevin...

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Oct 10, 2013 - And the band played Waltzing Matilda.

Another action packed day. Up and out. Onto another little bus and off to Catherine palace. St Petersburg is exceptionally flat, and a bit swampy, but the autumn colours are divine - the pix wont do them justice though. When we got there a little band welcomed us with Advance Australia Fair and Waltzing Matilda. That was so much min and so lovely to here it. I could have cried. It's weird that little things like that can make you so instantly homesick. Catherine palace was a dichotomy. So incredibly beautiful and hideously extravagant....

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Oct 9, 2013 - A city with many names

Today I learnt that st Petersburg has had more name changes than I've had hot dinners. It started off as St Petersburg, then Petrograd, then Leningrad and then back to st Petersburg. It was named fate the saint, not the Tzar. Peterhof, however, where we went today was named after Peter the 1st. We drove out of the city with our eyes popping out over the endless block after block and not just against the highway, but back to the horizon of apartment buildings. We saw not just trolley cars but trams as well. Interesting that the further...

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Oct 8, 2013 - The very fast train and St Petersburg

We all met at 5.20 as directed, checked out and got our brekky box. The brekky box was enormous and could have fed a small third world country. ham and cheese roll, a separate bread roll with three lumps of cheese, an apple, a banana, and a bottle of water. most of the group started fanging on the food straight away, as if they'd never seen food before. i couldnt face food at that time of the morning. neurotic lynne started bossing everyone around. hand all of your boxes over and i'll stack them up... seriously...over involvement and over...

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Jul 4, 2013 - Leaving St Petersburg.

Well, we managed it. Three weeks in Russia with no language and nothing booked before we arrived. We managed to go everywhere we wanted, see everything on our list, eat and drink well, get ripped off by taxi drivers (only once badly), and even managed a few unplanned activities (a ride in an ambulance and a visit to the emergency department of a public hospital). Not bad for a couple of geriatric Irish/Chinese Aussies if I do say so myself! Overall, we found the people to be friendly and helpful even if, outside the major hotels, they had...

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Jul 2, 2013 - White Nights!

Given that we were catching a late afternoon train to St Petersburg (4.40pm departure), we had a late and leisurely start to the day. We had breakfast and checked out at noon, left our bags at reception and went for a wander. There wasn't a lot left to see in the area around the hotel and we didn't feel like going too far in the heat so we soon returned to the hotel. We took up station (ha ha) in the hotel restaurant (free Wi-Fi) and I logged on the follow the Wallabies progress. There was a sports bar down the road but they were showing...

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