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Day 10 St Petersburg Photos

St Issac's Cathedral

semi-overcast 17 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 12:16 Archived in Russia Comments (0)

Day 10 St Petersburg Photos

Sightseeing

overcast 16 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 12:01 Archived in Russia Comments (0)

Day 9 St Petersburg Photos

More sightseeing

semi-overcast 18 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 23:16 Archived in Russia Comments (1)

Day 9 St Petersburg Photos

Lunch on a boat!

semi-overcast 18 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 23:16 Archived in Russia Comments (0)

Day 9 St Petersburg Photos

Sightseeing

semi-overcast 18 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 23:06 Archived in Russia Comments (0)

Day 9 St Petersburg Diary

Exhausting sightseeing!

semi-overcast 17 °C

Priviet!

Set off on mammouth walking tour, saw pretty blue St Nicholas church. Then Mariniisky Theatre - green building best opera and ballet in the city! Check out the picture of the programme! Walked along pretty canals and bridges, came to the river Neva where Naval Vessels were moored up as part of a national celebration of mariners! Lots of these seen rolling about drunk and having a top time! In the film it took 3 hours to find Red October, but we found it straight away!

On route to the Peter & Paul fortress, liked the look of a floating restaurant - Flying Dutchman. Food exquisite, waitress not so much! Face like thunder, after paying the bill she abrutly informed us service was not included! To which i replied " we only tip staff who smile" - but only in my head!

The fortress was beautiful! Wandered around, exited through nice gate! Found the nearest metro station and headed for the TV tower, which i had read online was built in the 60's entirly by women! Took a while to get there, i was expecting a nice cafe on the viewing platform, but on arrival soon discovered that it was not in fact a tourist attraction! Mum not very happy wigt my lack of local knowledge as i had unwittingly dragged us into the middle of an indrustial estate! However, the Botanical Gardens very close, but mum not convinced as surroundings looked very shabby! We eventually found the entrance, by which point dying for the toilet! Cheap entrance fee, but gardens resemble a building site. Not verry pretty and full of rubble! Turned to be a very expensive toilet break!

By this point we were tired, miserable and still needed to go shopping! Went to the nearest metro and headed back towards home. The metro here is fantastic! The escalators that take you down to the platform are so steep and long, its hard to keep your balance! We managed to find our local hypermarket, which looked more like B&Q than a food supermarket! We were doing fine until we reached the fruit and veg section - its not Waitrose! You have to pre weigh everything you want to buy, which is next to impossible when its all in Russian and there aren't alot of pictures! We were only briefly helped by other customers when we were holding up the queue, once helped with that item, they then proceeded in front of us and left, which still left us with lots of veg and no clues! After believing we had mastered the veg isle, we proceeded to the checkout. The cashier laughed in disbelief as not 1 but 2 of our items were incorrectly labelled! She attempted to inform us of our mistakes in Russian, but no joy! She then kindly rectified them! Phew!

Struggled to walk home with all the shopping after a day of trekking but finally made it home, and up 3 flights of stairs! Made tea had a bath and went to bed! Slept for 10 hours!

Mum says I am better at blagging than blogging! But im not sure!

Posted by KateThatcher 12:49 Archived in Russia Comments (0)

Day 8 St Petersburg Diary

Chill out day

semi-overcast 20 °C

Hey all,

Sunday was a lovely chilled out day. Apartment is beautiful! We found our local shops and a cash machine! The view from here is lovely over the Fontanka river. Its a little taxing having to walk the 3 flights of stairs up here though everytime we go for a smoke! Mum is convinced will will both have buns of steel by the time we leave for Moscow!

Decided to eat out instead of cook - how lazy! Tried to find a restaurant recommended by the apartment owners but got slightly lost and forgot to bring a map with us. I decided to go for a stroll instead and check out other local eateries. Mum was not impressed as she would of prefered to eat in a place already vetted! It didn't take us long to find an Irish pub! Very cheap! Lots of beer and a main course each - 30 Euros! Plus no smoking ban here, so we were pretty much encouraged to chain smoke all night!

Went to 24/7 beer shop on route home for beer, bubbly and vodka. Check out the picture of mum trying to open the vodka with a knife! Danced around the living room quite merry, and finally called it a night at about 2am!

Du syvidanya folks x

Posted by KateThatcher 13:59 Archived in Russia Comments (0)

Day 8 St Petersburg photos

Our fabulous apartment & 1st pint in Russia

sunny 25 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 13:51 Archived in Russia Comments (0)

Day 7 Helsinki to St Petersberg Diary

On board the M/S Princess Maria

sunny 27 °C

Hey all,

Now this ship was amazing. Its huge and gorgeous! We had live entertainment, lots of bars and restaurants, a casino and pool and sauna. Uber cool! Didn't do alot on board besides sleep and eat, but the views of all the tiny Finnish islands as you depart is something else! Highly recommend! The crossing was very smooth. We were mistaken for Finnish on board and also had to attempt to translate a finnish menu, as there wasn't one available in English! Hard work without a dictionary!

Woke up after a top nights sleep, had breakfast and arrived in Russia! Awesome! Slow getting through passport control, but by some miracle we passed and got past the sniffer dogs. Oh so terrified, but all worth it as me and mum are now sat in our beautiful apartment over looking the river and listening to Rachmaninov's Concerto no. 2. Now life just doesn't get any better than this!

Off out on the town tonight to celebrate mum's wedding anniversary! Happy anniversary Dad, wish you were here! xxx

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Day 7 Helsinki, Finland Photos

Couple of hours sightseeing

sunny 21 °C

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