St. Petersburg Journals

Midnight In St Petersburg

A June 2000 trip to St. Petersburg by Danner

The Church Of The Bleeding Saviour, St Petersburg Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia More Photos
Quote: A Journey Around The Former Communist Centre Of The World, The Place Where It All Started. A City Of Contrasts, Extreme Beauty And Extreme Reality.

Midnight In St Petersburg


The Church Of The Bleeding Saviour, St Petersburg Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
There Were Several Highlights To This Trip. The Coach Journey To The City, Crossing The Border, Visiting The Winter Palace, Palace Square, The Nevsky Monastery Cementary (The Resting Place Of The Russian Composers And Writers), The Peter And Paul Fortress, Travelling Along The River Neva, Climbing To The Top Of St Isaak's Cathedral, And Walking Around The City.Quick Tips: To Fully Experience The City It Is Best To Walk Around. You Experience The People And The Atmosphere Of The City. It Is An Asset If You Can Speak Another Language And Say That You Don't Speak English, As Some Of The St. Petersburg Characters Are Less Than Savoury. Spent At Least Two Days In The Centre And Maybe Travel Outsid...Read More
Our hotel was very nice but the shower was very bad, the water was cold and dirty. We''d already been told to not drink the water in the city as it was disgusting, but it was the only shower where you felt dirtier when you''d finished than when you went in. I went to the lobby bar where tried some salmon caviar for about 50p, it was so strange as the eggs burst in your mouth and popped, but it did taste really nice. We went to sleep at 1210 after we''d photographed the 1200 sunset.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Mars Field, St Petersburg Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
Travelling on the coach to St Petersburg made me feel as though I was travelling on a refugee bus, too many people, 7 or 8 year olds sleeping on their parents' laps and in the aisle, babies crying, bad smells most likely from the babies. I fell in and out of sleep and spent most of the journey with the child next to me's legs on my lap which I didn't mind because I put them there and it made it easier for the mother. It seemed as though the night never arrived as it was fairly light all the way through. After 3 or 4 hours travel we reached the border, where it was perfectly clear that you were going into another country. As we walked along the Nevsky Prospect, the city’s central ‘vein’, the city...Read More