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    • Day11

      St. Petersburg at Night

      March 3, 2020 in Russia ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

      Nachts schonmal recht geil... In St. Petersburg mussten wir ne Bar suchen Dune of... in der schon James Bond gedreht hat, war sehr interessant, ne Hardcore, Electro Punk Band aus Russland hat im oberen Stock gespielt und unser Taxi hat das Ding nichtmal gefunden, oder wollte er nicht?Read more

      Traveler

      Diesen Blick kenn ich doch... :-)

      3/4/20Reply
       
    • Day11

      007 in St. Petersburg

      March 3, 2020 in Russia ⋅ 🌧 2 °C

      Challenge: Finde ein Beachbar im Herzen von St.Petersburg Passwort: Russian Viking
      Schon im Taxi fühlten wir uns wie in einer Action-Szene. Es fehlte nur das Gewehr- und Pistolenfeuer.
      Bar gefunden = Challenge 👍Read more

    • Day2

      Welcome to Russia

      August 27, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Well it’s a solid start to the trip. Taxi on time at 06:30, 20 minutes to Heathrow T5, a quick check-in then bacon rolls for breakfast in the BA lounge. Board and take off on schedule at 09:40. Settled down for a while and looked forward to lunch...... unfortunately BA thought it was too early for lunch so it was a second breakfast but with some ‘bubbles’ now.

      Arrived at St Pete’s Airport early at 13:40 local time. For some reason approaching Russian Immigration had an element of fear and trepidation (obviously seen too many films and read too many books) but all entry formalities were surprisingly undertaken without being interrogated by the secret police in a soundproofed room. In fact we were through Immigration in a world record two minutes.

      Over the next month we will be greeted by multiple drivers and guides holding up pieces of paper with our names on. In these situations there is always a bit of doubt that someone will actually be there (silent contingency planning is usually undertaken to avoid potential panic)... However, no fear, our first proper Russian, Nadiya, was there to meet us and whisk us to the Rossi Hotel in her Kia (is every other car in the world a Kia now?).

      On arrival at the hotel an exceedingly helpful doorman/concierge/bell boy named Vitaly was immediately on the scene and into the taxi boot making it abundantly clear that we weren’t allowed to touch our luggage at all as that was his job. A quick check-in and Vitaly, resplendent in his uniform of shirt, tie, waistcoat and interesting hat, was leading us to our very nice room which has a beautiful traditional Russian ceramic stove in the corner. Not that we’ll need it as its been 26°C here today! The riverside Rossi Hotel is very impressive in all respects and we are very happy here.

      Unpacked, relaxed, cup of tea, sorted out the internet, shower and ready for the first night out. Decided on a quiet one and researched some places within no more than 15 minutes walk from the hotel. Had our first Russian beers pre-dinner in the ‘Siberian Crown’ bar nearby, then a nice meal at ‘Ivan & Maria’s‘ topped off with a post-dinner nightcap at a well recommended little pub next to our hotel named ‘Top Hops’. All three establishments specialised in a large array of Russian and International draft and bottled beers which didn’t disappoint. Janet ended the day with a very apt beer named ‘J&J’ which was mandarin flavoured and weighed in at 6% whilst John closed the evening on a local 5% Milk Stout.

      Will talk more about St Petersburg soon but first impressions are very good indeed as we reflected before sleep on a surprisingly quick and stress free journey and promising start to the trip.

      After a decent sleep we awoke to the first minor issue. At lights out John heard the unmistakable sound of an angry mosquito in the room. Tiredness ensured nothing was done about this (not sure what could have been done anyway) but lo and behold the Russian bloodsucker had visited John in the night and got him in various places (ankle, elbow, back and a particularly nice one on his forehead - reminiscent of a visit to Venice on our round Europe train journey which some of you will remember!). It obviously either liked (or maybe didn’t like) Janet as she escaped bite-free. Maybe it was the mandarin in the ‘J&J’ that put her off.

      We’ve had breakfast and now await a hotel pick up from a guide who will give us a City Tour. Over the next two days we’ll get to know St Petersburg well and share it with you.
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      Traveler

      Now you know why immigration was so easy, they bugged you instead! Mike

      8/29/19Reply
       
    • Day4

      St Petersburg looking good

      August 29, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      So having had a half day City tour yesterday and a tour of the Hermitage Museum this morning we thought we’d cover these off in two (quite seriously - sorry), mainly pictorial blogs and then close St Petersburg with a final one about evening activities and other bits and pieces.

      St Petersburg was only founded in 1703 and was the Capital of Russia for two periods before power transferred permanently to Moscow in 1918. It has a population of over 5 million (2nd biggest in Russia) and is built on a number of islands hence the presence of rivers and canals all around and through the city.

      It is architecturally stunning. Just volumes of wonderful buildings constructed in the 18th, 19th and very early 20th Centuries and none more than a few floors high. There are literally no tower blocks to spoil the vista within sight of St Petersburg centre. No more history lessons just some photos for you.....
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      Never realised St Petersburg had so much cultural beauty. We both enjoyed the historical tour. We hear so much about it. Tommy B.

      8/29/19Reply

      By the way. Mossies are attracted to anything yellow Tommy B.

      8/29/19Reply

      Wow - that's not what I expected St Petersburg to look like at all

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    • Day10

      St.Petersburg

      August 27, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Also, St.Petersburg – wow, wo sollen wir anfangen?

      St.Petersburg gehört definitiv zu den schönsten und aufregendsten Städten der Welt. Die Mischung aus Russland und Europa, aus Tradition und Geschichte sowie Aufbruch und Weltoffenheit ist umwerfend.
      Im Stadtbereich reihen sich die schönsten Wohnhäuser aneinander, die größtenteils renoviert wurden und vergleichbaren deutschen Stadtteilen wie Eppendorf oder Prenzlauer Berg in nichts nachstehen.

      Die Hauptstraße Newsky Propeskt ist die Hauptschlagader der Stadt, 24/7 voller Menschen. Alle Cafes, Bars und Restaurants haben durchgehend geöffnet und auch nachts steht an fast jeder Ecke ein Straßenmusiker oder eine Band und macht Musik zu der Menschen tanzen. Einheimische und Touristen aus aller Welt.
      Die Innenstadt ist voll mit überall sichtbarer, reicher Geschichte. Paläste, Kunstsammlungen, Herrschaftshäuser, riesige Kirchen mitten in der Stadt. Man wird förmlich umgehauen von all den neuen Eindrücken aus Geschichte und Moderne. Sie ist unglaublich sauber und wirkt gepflegt und geliebt.

      Dazu kommt, dass es wahrscheinlich kein Land auf der Welt gibt bei dem der Unterschied von Politik und äußerer Darstellung sowie der Bevölkerung so weit auseinanderliegt wie für Russland. Wir haben ausnahmslos positive Erfahrungen gemacht, die Menschen sind freundlich und hilfsbereit und viele sprechen gutes Englisch. Darüberinaus haben wir uns zu jeder Zeit sicher gefühlt und waren nie in einer für uns unangenehmen Situation.

      St.Petersburg ist umwerfend und beeindruckend, in fast allen Bereichen.
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      Traveler

      Das sieht wirklich umwerfend aus!

      9/9/19Reply
      Traveler

      Tolles Bild :)

      9/14/19Reply
       
    • Day11

      Heutige Tagesaufgabe erledigt

      June 25, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Finde den Beachclub und sage das Codewort, um eine geheime Botschaft zu bekommen. CHECK! Schnell noch ein Bier und ein Eis in der Bar genießen, bevor es langsam zurück zum Rallye-MX geht, um heute noch Richtung Estland zu kommen.Read more

      Traveler

      Ihr seit einfach Spitze ...und die bÄsten sowieso...😁🤘

      6/25/19Reply
      Traveler

      Alle erstmal lÄcker Eis... 🤣🍦🤗

      6/25/19Reply
      Traveler

      ..ET...nach Hause telefonieren !! 😁

      6/25/19Reply
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    • Day11

      St. Petersburg und der Russian Viking

      March 5, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ❄️ -3 °C

      Die letzten Meter nach St. Petersburg schneite es heute morgen, angekommen standen wir erstmal im Stau.
      Heute haben wir das erste mal in einem Hotel eingecheckt, so können wir die Stadt ansehen und die Nacht in der Stadt verbringen ohne einen Stellplatz suchen zu müssen...
      Die Stadt ist sehr schön anzusehen, unsere Tagesaufgabe auf der Suche nach dem Russian Viking haben wir bereits erledigt.
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      Traveler

      Hallo Ihr Zwei, mit sehr viel Interesse verfolgen wir Eure Tour und sind so richtig, richtig neidisch, dass wir nicht dabei sein können! Das Ganze und besonders die Nordlichter müssen in Natura besonders phantastisch sein! Weiterhin viel Spaß! Wir begleiten Euch täglich auf unserem Handy und sind schon auf die nächsten Fotos gespannt. Ute und Michael😊😀

      3/5/19Reply
       
    • Day11

      St. Petersburg

      June 25, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Heute ist Sightseeing in St. Petersburg angesagt. 5,3 Millionen Menschen... scheinbar genauso viele Autos, drängen sich durch die Straßen und über die Plätze. Ganz schön viel Trubel nach so viel Wald und Wald 🌳 🌳 🌳 und langen Straßen geradeaus.Read more

      Traveler

      Stimmt 🤪🤪🤪

      6/25/19Reply
      Traveler

      Aber immerhin bei angenehmen 20 Grad 😃

      6/25/19Reply
      Traveler

      Looks like you both coping very well with the culture shock 😉 Brilliant seeing all your pics & reports ❗️Good luck & keep it up chaps 👍🏽👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

      6/25/19Reply
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    • Day4

      The World famous Hermitage Museum

      August 29, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      More quite serious stuff we’re afraid to say. This morning we had booked a three hour tour to the Heritage Museum, reckoned to be one of the World’s greatest Museum and Art Collections.

      Our tour commenced at 10am which is 30 minutes before the public are allowed in. This gave us a head start on the hordes and believe us when we say that we were soon joined by thousands of fellow visitors, including some huge groups from Cruise Ships and an appreciable number of kamikaze oriental herds (more of them in the next blog).

      The Museum is enormous with much of it housed in the Winter Palace. In three hours our guide Olga showed us (and an Irish couple) only a fraction of the exhibits however we managed to see all of the highlights, which after the State Rooms were art based. In terms of artists we saw examples of the World’s best including Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Rafael, Rembrandt, Goya, Velasquez, El Greco, Rubens, Van Dyck and Canaletto (plus the sculptor Michelangelo) to ‘name drop’ just a few.

      Here are some pictures of our visit.....
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      Traveler

      Hoping you dont replicate this John

      8/29/19Reply
      Traveler

      Depends on tomorrow’s train journey Zoe but if I do you’ll be the first to see it!

      8/29/19Reply
       
    • Day11

      St. Petersburg

      June 25, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Heute war Sightseeingtour angesagt.
      Das Auto blieb heute auf dem bewachten Parkplatz des Hotels stehen und wir zogen nach dem Frühstück los, die Stadt zu erkunden.

      Wir sind viel mit einem „Hop-ON-Hop-OFF-Bus“ herumgefahren und ansonsten zu Fuß rumgeschlendert.Read more

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