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St Petersburg

A July 2004 trip to St. Petersburg by Ksu

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St Petersburg

Overview

Cathedral Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Quick Tips:

Whenever you go, you should always keep an eye on your bag, especially in the underground and other crowded places. Also try not to stay out late -- that might not be quite safe.

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Pizza Hut

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Restaurant | "Pizza Hut, part I"

Pizza Hut Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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It was a rainy, cloudy day, and after the boat tour on the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg, I was near to catching cold, so my friend suggested going to an Italian restaurant to eat some hot, spicy pizza--he was sure it’d help me. So not going far from the steps where the boats moored, we saw a pizzeria--Pizza Hut was written on the windows, so we entered and immediately were slightly shocked to see all those people who took part in our "cruise" along the canals of "Northern Venice." The waitress told us that we were lucky because only two seats were left; all the others were occupied by "those strangers from the boat." While the waitress was taking the order, we smiled at each other becaus...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2003

Pizza Hut
Gorokhovaya, 16
St. Petersburg, Russia

Pizza Hut

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Restaurant | "Pizza Hut, part II"

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We also tried the food from the Salad Bar, where we put together our own fresh, crisp salads and topped them off with one of their delicious dressings, and you could come up a lot of times (cost: $5, or $10 for two), so we tried their raw carrot, cabbage, tomatoes, and cucumbers. All were garden-fresh and healthy. On the place mats were written that Pizza Hut also offered a Business Lunch (available on working days from 12pm until 4pm) during which you could try a personal pizza with 2 toppings, plus ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT salad bar (and the price for all this was only $5); moreover, it doesn’t matter if you dine in or do take-out (note: basic pizza of medium size costs ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2003

Pizza Hut
Gorokhovaya, 16
St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian Vodka Museum

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Russian Vodka Museum Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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What words from the Russian language are known all over the world? I’m absolutely sure that the list of them won’t be long, but amid the expressions everybody will be able to hear the name of "a strong alcoholic drink from Russia". Take a guess at what’s in the box and you could win a trip to the special museum located in St Petersburg. Yes, it’s Vodka. Take a visit to a very popular Russian Vodka museum, which is open daily from 11am till 10pm. My group was thankful for a good tour during which we could learn a lot (really a lot!) about the history of the famous Russian firewater. Besides that, the English-speaking staff was also cheerful and friendly. They tried to answer all th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Russian Vodka Museum
5, Konnogvardeyskiy bul'var
St. Petersburg, North-West Russia
(812) 312 91 78

Laima Bistro

Restaurant | "Laima"

Laima Bistro Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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A long time ago, I had a friend who used to work as a manager in Laima (a chain of restaurants. The logo is a snowy white sugar bag with the navy blue inscription Laima).
To tell you the truth, it is more Russian-European cuisine than anything else.
Delivery of lunch boxes takes only an hour within the city.


Bolshoi prospect P. S., 88 phone: +78122324428

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 2, 2004

Laima Bistro
Kanal Griboedova, 16
St. Petersburg, Russia
+7 812 315 55 45

Baskin 31 Robbins

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Baskin 31 Robbins Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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That is the best place to visit in St Petersburg for your children. Ice cream in more than 30 varieties, desserts, cocktails, cakes, champagne, coffee, tea, juices, 31 tastes every day.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2004

Baskin 31 Robbins
kan. Griboedova, 19
St. Petersburg, Russia
7(812) 314-4012

Peter the Great's Cabin

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Attraction | "Peter's I Cabin"

Peter the Great's Cabin Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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The Cabin of Peter I ("The Original Palace", or "The Red Mansion") was built in 1703 on an island in the Neva’s mouth captured from the Swedes. The construction took only three days (May 24 to May 26), and it was the first residence of the Russian Tzar and the first building in St Petersburg. We can read the information that the location was chosen by Peter I; the palace was made by unknown workmen, but the manner of cutting ("in six angles"), the treatment of logs, the planning of the house and the shape of the windows prove that it was made in the traditions of Swedish national architecture. "The Original Palace" of Peter I is the smallest of the known palaces; it’s 12m long, 5....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2003

Peter the Great's Cabin
6 Petrovskaya
St. Petersburg, Russia
232-4576

Jewelry

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Jewelry Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Diamonds are girls' best friends. Of course you know this phrase, so the best souvenir from the Northern Venice is the jewelry that dates back to the previous century or even earlier. Let's take a look at the handmade items in Babushka shop (phone: 007 (812) 327-9822), that is open from 8am till 10pm, and situated on 33 Nab. Leytenanta Shmidta, where we can find jewelry and amber, artistic miniatures and wood carvings, watercolors, graphic art, and paintings. This place impressed me much because I have never seen so much beautiful refined stuff collected in one shop. I feel no regrets about my decision to buy several watercolors for my dining room and woodcarvings for my summer house her...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Jewelry
33 Nab. Leytenanta Shmidta
St. Petersburg, Russia

Book shops

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If you have forgotten your map at home it will not be difficult to find a suitable one here. Visit St Petersburg house of books (phone: 007 (812)318 6402)! The store is full of different maps from geographical to political, so every buyer will, I’m sure, find what he or she needs. Besides that if you are not in a hurry don’t lose the opportunity to enter the sections of foreign literature (books in English, Italian, German, French, Spanish etc.), because we are always pleased to find the item we wanted for a long time. Maybe here you’ll be able to find that book. And translated Russian fiction deserves your attention. The shop also has fine art reproductions, as well as specialized literature o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Book shops
Nevsky Pr.
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society

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the spire under the rain Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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This year a great amount of international music festivals dedicated to the Northern Capital’s 300th anniversary have been taking place in St Petersburg. "It's the first time that so many of the music world’s most glittering stars have been brought together in one festival. The artistic director, Jury Temirkanov, has invited performers whose mastery will allow the public to take a fresh look at the art of music-making as a whole"(writes the magazine "Where", St Petersburg). So you can listen to the musicians from all over the world in The Glinka Chamber Hall of the Shostakovich Academic Philharmonia, the former Engelhardt house. On the 2nd of June, I attended the c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 3, 2003

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society
2 Mikhailovskaya Street
St. Petersburg, Russia
(812) 110-4257

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

Attraction | "Our-Saviour-on-the-Spilt-Blood Cathedral"

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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This is the best place to visit for mosaics. Take your whole family here. It will be one of the most fascinating tours you take. Do not hesitate to pass by and look up at all of these beauties.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2004

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood
Ploshchad Iskusstv
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Isaac's Cathedral

Attraction | "St. Issac's Cathedral"

St. Isaac's Cathedral Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Its immaculate view is absolutely gorgeous. It separates two emperors of the Russian Empire, Peter the Great and Nicolai I. There are two statues. Both men are sitting on horses. One pursues another.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2004

St. Isaac's Cathedral
Isaakievskaya Ploshchad 1
St. Petersburg, Russia