I’m so glad we made the effort…
St Petersburg is a city I have wanted to visit for years, and it didn’t disappoint.
The build-up prior to the departure was a little uneasy, as it was still uncertain whether Russia was going to extend their presence in Ukraine and the impact this would have on international travel.
It didn’t help, when I was asked by people where I was venturing off to, and their response was ‘rather you than me’.
On returning to our hotel room and finding balloons hanging over our bed.
Although it was my birthday, I was still surprised, as I hadn’t mentioned it to anyone.
Thank you ‘W’ Hotels
It has to be the Matryoshka Dolls (Russian Dolls to you and me).
I couldn’t resist buying a set, similar to the original dolls painted in traditional dress, that date back to 1890.
They weren’t cheap, however they certainly evoke memories of the trip for me.
A funny moment
This has to be on the flight going out when the mother a young Russian family sitting behind us asked the stewardess why the flight was so empty. The stewardess diplomatically replied, that there weren’t any cruise ships leaving in the next couple of days, so the passengers were fewer. However the son of the Russian lady quipped, ‘well we are flying into a war zone, what do you expect’. Gary and I did have to laugh…..
We didn’t need the hard hats after all, but we certainly needed the sun cream.
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