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Monday 3 September 2012

Finally, I found "Lermontovsky", but couldn't find the "Azimut" Hotel. Outside a pharmecy, I asked a guy for advice, and he pulled out the latest model in I-Phones and on his map, he pointed out another "Lermontovsky", which was 45 min walk North of where I was... This was a blow to my assumed "Scouting ability"

 By now, I was "familiar" with the Metro and suceeded in finding the Hotel, which turned out to be - probably - the tallest builiding in the city...

I was installed on floor 17, only one floor blow the top one.

.I arrived in rain, but when I entered my room the sun was shining and had a tremendous view of the city....

On the right: Holy Trinity Cathedral

Not in any ease, I left "Mary Lou" unattended in "Svea Borg" in Helsinki at 0745 hrs and after 15 min. by ferry to the Center of Helsinki, I strolled towards the Main Station to get on the "fast train" to Saint Petersburg. Every time, the train stopped, it was announced, that it was for the sole purpose of getting passengers on board and NOT letting anyone off...Scary thought, but I really wanted to go to Saint Petersburg...

After 3 hrs in the train, I arrived at "Finlyandskiy" Station.

Not feeling too safe by taking a taxi, I got hold of some "Rubels" and a local City Map and went for the "Metro". I went to "Narvskaya" Metro station (picture on the left) as this was the closest to "Lermontovsky", where the hotel was. I must admit, that I had expected less style from a Russian Metro station and was impressed. This station was build in 1955.

I struggled for a long time to locate "Lermontovsky". As the Danish school system offers no education in the Russian Alphabet, I couldn't read the street names and no one spoke any English...

On the Left:

Foreground (5 towers): Saint Nicolas Cathedral

Further behind: Saint Isac Cathedral, the former main Cathedral of the Russian Empire and the largest Cathedral in the city. It is capable of fitting about 10.000 people. There is a panoramic observation deck, but to get there, you will have to walk up to it, passing a distance comparable to 15 floors! (I might consider :-))

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Saint Nicolai Chathedral

A typical picture from the city center. Well maintained houses and a bridge.

In western Europe, there are no cities, that are as cut through by rivers and canals as Saint Petersburg, in total 86. This splits the city into 42 Islands with each connected with each other by bridges, whose total count is 178.

The drawbridges over the river Neva are raised for nighttime in the summer to allow passage for ships sailing along the Volga-Baltic Route.

Saint Isac Cathedral, the former main Cathedral of the Russian Empire and the largest Cathedral in the city. It is capable of fitting about 10.000 people. There is a panoramic observation deck, but to get there, you will have to walk up to it, passing a distance comparable to 15 floors!

River Neva: From the left the Academy of Science and then the Kunstkamera.

Winter Palace / Herimitage

Above: Seen from the Square

Left: seen from the north side of Neva.

Below: The Main Headquarters of the Palace seen from the Square..

Peter & Paul's Fortress: It was the first construction of this fortress, which started the building of the city. Also, since the times of Peter the Great, the famous political prison of the Russian empire, the "Russian Bastille" was located here.

Our Savior on Spilled Blood: Was built in 1907 as a temple-monument to Alexander II on the same spot where the emperor was martally wounded by terrorists in 1882.

Below: Cruiser "Aurora": One of the most famous Russian ships of the past century. It became the subject of songs, stories and legends. In the background is: Nakhimov Marine School

Wednesday 5 September 2012

I'll leave Saint Petersburg at 2000 to re-join with "Mary Lou" in Helsinki and start the "Return Cruise".

Updates will be dependant on unlimited and free Internet Access, which was only obtained in one finnish harbour on my trip to Helsinki, so stayed tuned...