Just a little fun...
So this post is our light-hearted view of St Petersburg, Russia.
It has some of the interesting stuff, a few trivial facts, and our thoughts on the city.
Let’s start with the Truths about St PetersburgWhy not visit Russia's gateway to the West?
The 3 C's
Eurasia (or Europe & Asia)
St Petersburg sits on the far west of Russia, just a 100 miles (160km) from the Finnish border. It’s home to the world famous Hermitage museum, and is considered the most westernised city within Russia.
The focal area for a mini-break though will be the Palace Square. A central point next to the Hermitage museum.
It’s good to talk
Russian, English generally good in the tourist hot-spots.
International Dialling Code
Moscow Time (MSK)
Difference from UTC
So what's this Trivia then?What's it famous for, and what's there to do.
Did you know?
- It’s the birthplace of Vladimir Putin.
- It has had 3 names: St Petersburg (1703-1914 & 1991-present), Petrograd (1914-1924) & Leningrad (1924-1991).
- Was the Imperial capital of Russia twice (1713–1728 and 1732–1918)
- The Russian revolution of 1905, and the October Revolution of 1917 started in St Petersburg.
It's famous for...
Food and Drink
See and Do
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Stunning church in a similar style to St Basil’s in Moscow.
Great open space from which to explore St Petersburg in all directions.
St. Peter’s & St. Paul’s fortress
Home to Gostinyy dvor, the Singer building, various churches, cathedrals & palaces and crosses numerous canals & rivers, including the Anichkov Bridge across the Fontanka river.
A river cruise
No better way to take the weight off your feet and see Saint Petersburg from the water.
Movies & Music
James Bond: Goldeneye
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Again Gary, I'm not a Russian music buff.
If you mention Russian music I immediately think of Tchaikovsky, and 3 pieces spring to mind the 1812 Overture, Swan Lake & The Nutcraker. All fabulous pieces.
Pet Shop Boys
Now this is tenuous – over to Gary
The Pet Shop Boys 1985 hit, 'West End Girls', contains the line "From Lake Geneva to the Finland Station", Well the Finland Station in question is in St Petersburg, and that line references Vladimir Lenin's route back into Russia to take a leading role in the October Revolution in 1917.
And our thoughts on Saint Petersburg(Would we return? Is it good value? And did we feel the love?)
We would like to return, potentially dedicate a chunk of time to the Hermitage (careful planning to avoid the worst of the crowds). St Petersburg in winter looks stunning, so maybe something as a post Christmas trip. (We need to remember Russia celebrates Christmas later as it follows the Julian calendar for religious celebrations).
Value for Money
Prices seem to be on par with London in 2014, but we are aware that the exchange rate has fluctuated making slightly more expensive now. The architecture is stunning, and walking the streets is free.
Getting around town
What's it like discovering the city?
Is it walkable? do you need to use public transport? did we leave with weary feet?
(0% - It's mountainous and public transport's a joke 100% - I'm in paradise.)
Janis's Hi's & Lo's
I know there is a pattern forming here, but it has to be the colourful architecture. Palace Square and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood stand out as particular examples.
Organising the Visa’s prior to departure.
Gary's Hi's & Lo's
Without wishing to sound like a broken record, it has to be the architecture. Simply stunning.
Our fault really – we struggled to find a decent bar whilst out walking. On returning home we found some bars with nondescript exteriors, that hid wonderful interiors, we wandered by because we didn’t understand cyrillic, or Russian for a bar.
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Inspired to visit St Petersburg, Russia?
Does the architechture tempt you? would you like to see visit the Hermitage Museum? There is so much to see & do in this vibrant city.
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