Russia
Peter and Paul Fortress

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  • Day10

    Damn tour groups

    August 3, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    And so to the serious stuff - exploring St Petersburg and bizarre Russian cereal finished, we headed to the Petropavlosk Fortress - suposedly the only place to begin a St Petersburg odysey (so the guidebook says) Stepped out to discover things were a little fresh - thankful long trousers were chosen. Getting to the fortress involved a short walk, punctuated by exasperated chunnering along the way as we were barged out of the way - some just rude, most tour groups just getting in the way. Once on Hare Island, there were constant reminders of the Island's naming - hares everywhere (not real) & hoardes waiting for photo ops - gratuitous posing & lots of pouting. As we approached the cathedral, noticed a number of groups heading in a different direction & remembered the midday gun fire. Got there just in time for a bit of pomp & then to almost shit ourselves when the gun went off. Off to the museum of space exploration. Some good exhibits - particularly from Alexi Leonov but let down in 2 ways both of which understandable. Very hit & miss with the English translations - obscure stuff got them, soyuz & sputnik stuff didn't. Also it was very big on the minutia of rocket engines, which got a little boring even for me. The Gagarin stuff was very good though. Liz particularly liked sitting down & resting her aching limbs. By now hunger was a thing - no huge Finnish breakfasts. Nothing around the fortress & no snacks in of note. Decided to have a big lunch & if needed get something at the footie. Opted for the highly rated Brisket BBQ just around the corner - a slice of the states in the USSR. Probably didn't have anything this American in the whole time we were there. Very nice brisket & beef cheeks. Headed back stuffed & to prepare for a match Ruski style. Not sure what to expect.Read more

  • Day4

    Peter and Paul Fortress

    April 9, 2018 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We continued walking along the river to the next stop being the Peter and Paul Fortress which is on Rabbit Island. This was also founded by Peter the Great. It was still used as a prison and execution ground by the Bolshevik Government in the 1920s. It was originally built to protect from a Swedish attack which never happened. A few facts for the history buffs.

    Heidi woke up after about 10 minutes of being here which was a pain - she’d only had about 20 mins sleep. We think the backpack was digging into her arms. She was then a bit of a pain for the rest of the walking around which quite impacted our enjoyment of the site.

    We visited the Peter and Paul Cathedral which is the burial place of all Russian Tsars. The last remains of Nicholas II and his family were also interred and placed in here. They were unable to locate the remains of one of his daughters and Alexy the son. The other place we visited within there was the prison where political prisoners and convicts were placed. The conditions didn’t look too bad considering some prisons I’ve seen, although the solitary confinement was fairly grim. It was dark, they wouldn’t give you bedding so all you had was an iron bedstead to lie on, there was no heating and the walls would reach freezing temperatures. Ugh.

    Heidi was getting quite ratty by this point so we gave her some lunch. Eli and I were feeling quite despondent due to having to continually address Heidi’s behaviour but were much revived by chocolate bars which Michael and Kyria came back with. It’s amazing what a bit of sugar can do to lift your spirits! I think though that a common phrase of the journey is “come on please Heidi”! We had a last view of the river from the fortress where there was a number of people making the most of the sunlight along the outside of the walls, sunbathing.

    We were ready to head back to the apartment at this point. Eli and I grabbed a hot dog from a stand nearby which was actually quite nice and we made the long trek over the river and back to the apartment. Heidi started in the backpack with Michael carrying her but she became uncomfortable so she ended up being carried by Eli most of the way and then Kyria did the home stretch. She gets heavy very quickly!

    My feet were killing me by the time we came back! I’ve been putting my feet up for the last hour or so doing the blog. We will head out for tea later. It’s been nice to chill at the apartment. Heidi has had other ideas about going to sleep however which might make tonight interesting 🙄
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  • Day13

    Saint Espresso Coffee, St. Petersburg

    February 21, 2017 in Russia ⋅ ☁️ -3 °C

    Zwischenstopp in einer coolen Café, dass wir zufällg beim Spazieren finden. Eines dieser Cafés, die in einer Umgebung als Überraschung warten, in der man gar nicht damit gerechnet hatte. Diesmal to go, mittlerweile weiß ich dass ich in 2 Tagen nochmal wiederkomme um das Ambiente zu genießen und mich aufzuwärmen.Read more

  • Day96

    Cathedral of Sts Peter and Paul

    September 24, 2017 in Russia ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Located in the fortress of the same name and is how St. Petersburg got started--when Peter the Great decided he needed a seaport on the Baltic. Both Greats--Peter and Catherine--are interred here (the last picture). Orthodex churches have no pews. You either stand or kneel for the service. The royal "box" with the seal on velvet has no seat, either. Also, this is the first pulpit in an Orthodox churchRead more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Petropavlovskaya Krepost’, Petropavlovskaya Krepost', Peter-und-Paul-Festung, Peter and Paul Fortress, Pietari-Paavalin linnoitus, Forteresse Pierre-et-Paul, מבצר פטרופבלובסקיה, ペトロパブロフスク要塞, 페트로파블롭스크 요새, Petropavlovskaja krepost, Пётр æмæ Павелы гæнах, Twierdza Pietropawłowska, Петропавловская крепость, Peter-Paulfästningen

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