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A Russian Winter

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A January 2002 trip to St. Petersburg by angelsil

Tsarskoe Selo Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia More Photos
Quote: In January 0f 2002, I ventured to St. Petersburg, Russia, for the trip of a lifetime. I was lucky enough to visit most of the major sites and enjoy an unusal thaw in the weather.

A Russian Winter

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Overview

admiralty Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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You will never run out of things to do in St. Petersburg! First and foremost is the Hermitage. The church of the Spilled Blood was my favorite church, though it is smaller than St. Issac''s. The heart of St. Petersburg is the thoroughfare known as Nevsky Prospect. It is a destination in itself and many of the major sites (such as the Hermitage) as located on it. You''ll find the locals strolling on Nevsky Prospect in Summer. The canals (St. Petersburg is known as the ''Venice of the North'') provide a lovely setting year round. The cultural attractions - the Kirov Ballet, the Opera, the Theater are a great way to spend an evening. Tourists are charged *much* more than locals. If you know some...Read More
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The St. Petersburg International Hostel is the place to stay for budget travelers. Even if you're not on a budget, you might find the lively atmosphere and the chance to meet other travelers a draw. The hostel is very close to Plosschad Vosstania Metro stop and is in a residential area with many supermarkets, restaurants, and pubs. Accomodations are available to suit all needs - from dormitory rooms to double rooms. The only catch is that the dorm rooms are segregated by sex. If you're traveling as a couple, you may want the double room. Breakfast is served every morning and is substantial. For those on a tight budget, I found the kitchen to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 4, 2003

St. Petersburg International Hostel
3rd Sovetskaya 28
St. Petersburg, Russia
(812) 329 8018

Swagat

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Restaurant

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What a gem! A group of us made the long-haul to Vasilyavsky Island in search of Indian fare and we weren't disappointed. The food was some of the best Indian I've had and far outdid the reigning king of Indian cuisine in St. Petersburg (Tandoor - review to follow). The staff was incredibly accommodating, even staying late to serve a group of 10 foreigners. The restaurant features the usual Indian fare at Western prices in a dimly-lit and exotic atmosphere. We had samosas, a variety of chicken and goat dishes with rice, and naan bread. We got to meet the lovely belly-dancer, but missed her performance. In a city not known for it's good selection of ethnic dining - this one stands ou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 4, 2003

Swagat
Vasilyavsky Island, Bolshoy Prospekt 91
St. Petersburg, Russia
217-44-28

Tsarskoe Selo

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Attraction

Tsarskoe Selo Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Getting out of the city and traveling by train or taxi to Pushkin allows you to visit the palace of Catherine the Great -- or Tsarskoe Selo, a splendid example of Russian Baroque architecture designed by Rastrelli, amongst others. A striking complement of turquoise and gild, the palace was used to hold court in the Summer by various tsars from the time of Catherine. The tour of the main building is available in several languages, including English. Joining a tour from St. Petersburg will ensure that you get the tour in English, but is more costly than going on your own. Be prepared to take your shoes off and don slippers. The interior h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 4, 2003

Tsarskoe Selo
Pushkin
St. Petersburg, Russia

Winter Palace/State Hermitage Museum

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Attraction | "The Hermitage"

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The Hermitage is the largest collection of art in the world. It's set in the rooms and buildings of the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian Czars up through Nicholas II. The baroque and roccoco architecture and interior alone is worth a visit! Located in the heart of St. Petersburg overlooking the Neva River, the Hermitage is a must see for any visitor to the city. Be aware that transport to the Hermitage is best accomplished by bus or taxi in bad weather or if you are unable to walk long distances. The closest subway stops (Gostiny Dvor or Nevskiy Prospect) are a fair ways away, but a nice walk in good weather. Plan on allowing at least 2 days to fully take in all that the museu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2003

Winter Palace/State Hermitage Museum
Palace Embankment, On The Neva River
St. Petersburg, Russia

Peter's Walking Tours Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Peter''s Walking tours are budget tours, given in English, that allow you to experience St. Petersburg with a native guide. Mostly aimed at the backpacker crowd, I would highly recommend these tours to anybody who wants a chance to get a real introduction to this wonderful city. The tours range from 3-6 hours and cover a variety of subjects. Unlike higher-priced tours, these tours get you on the ground (and on public transport) and give you a chance to see parts of the city that simply are not covered by the "highlight" bus tours. Peter''s offers many tours, including a "Top Five" tour, a Rasputin tour, and a Food Tour. I opted for the Communist Le...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2003

Peter's Walking Tours
Leaves from the St. Petersburg Youth Hostel
St. Petersburg, Russia