Final thoughts St.Petersburg

@garymarsh6 (14507)
United Kingdom
July 8, 2018 3:24pm CST
St. Petersburg, Russia has been somewhere I have always wanted to visit. We took advantage of our time there and we did not worry if we tired ourselves out too much because we wanted to see everything we could in the short time we were there. Funnily enough I had been looking at spending a week there. Even that would not have been long enough for me. Thank heavens for the Romanov's and their predecessors who left so much beauty for people to enjoy. Of course prior to the revolution not many would have seen such opulence. We enjoyed meeting a few Russian people and they seemed genuinely pleased to have us there. They were cheerful mostly and quite accommodating. The buildings that we saw and those that we visited seemed to be in a good state of repair and well maintained. The restaurants we visited were very good indeed and although not fine dining it was certainly substantial food that was served. Of course many eyes are focused on Russia at this time due to the World cup football currently going on. England is in with a chance of reaching the finals which will be decided when they play Croatia on Thursday. I can tell you the Stadium we saw was pretty impressive so it seems Russia has pulled out all stops to make sure that these games were a success. The common man is just like you and I. They work to feed their families. They are not bothered too much about what is going on around the world it is the politicians that play with peoples lives. I do think in the future I would love to visit the city again but before then I have other plans up my sleeve but if you are ever given the opportunity to visit take it up as you will surely be impressed. The photo is a final look at the burial place of the Romanovs in St Peter and Paul cathedral where it all began!
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@MALUSE (44669)
• Uzbekistan
8 Jul
Russia is so vast that you can only get an impression of the cities you've visited but not of the country as a whole. You can get an idea of the distances if you travel on the Trans-Siberian railway from the European part to Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean which lasts about a week. Friends of ours did that. I only travelled by train from Hanover in Germany to Moscow which lasted 36 hours.
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@garymarsh6 (14507)
• United Kingdom
8 Jul
Yes it is extremely vast. That is one trip I would love to do I have explored the possibility but it is quite expensive. I would love to go from Moscow to Beijing by train. There are all kinds of possibilities along toe three routes. There are so many different peoples all with their own customs along the route completely different even though they are 'Russian'. St, Petersburg was more gentrified than many of the other cities in Russia thanks to the Romanov's.
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@MALUSE (44669)
• Uzbekistan
8 Jul
@garymarsh6 I know an Italian who travelled by train from Naples to Beijing. It took him 13 days! I bet he had blisters on his back bottom when he got off. I haven't heard of tourists going back the same way. They take the plane back.
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@garymarsh6 (14507)
• United Kingdom
8 Jul
@MALUSE Yes most people do a one way trip. I too have never heard of anyone doing it both ways. Gosh it would take a month or so with the stops en route! My niece and her husband came from Beijing to Moscow then onto St. Petersburg before coming here. They enjoyed it very much.
@Jessabuma (33167)
• Baguio, Philippines
8 Jul
That's nice place.. l love the designs.
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@garymarsh6 (14507)
• United Kingdom
8 Jul
It is inside the cathedral.
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@Jessabuma (33167)
• Baguio, Philippines
8 Jul
@garymarsh6 yes, I love the Cathedral's design. I would love to visit this place
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@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
14 Jul
We only spent a day there (on a cruise), and it wasn't long enough, but at least we can say we've been.
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@garymarsh6 (14507)
• United Kingdom
14 Jul
It was like a dream come true. I have always wanted to go there Janet and was buzzing for weeks after!
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@Icydoll (26027)
• India
8 Jul
That's nice..I would like to visit
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@garymarsh6 (14507)
• United Kingdom
8 Jul
I hope one day you get the chance to visit.
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@LadyDuck (182549)
• Switzerland
9 Jul
Beautiful Cathedral. I agree that the normal people work to feed their families. Little they know about politic and politicians. The world would be a lot better without them.
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@garymarsh6 (14507)
• United Kingdom
10 Jul
Very true Anna.
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@RasmaSandra (20374)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
9 Jul
That is an awesome photo. Yes, I have heard that it is a lovely place to visit. I wrote about the city in my armchair travel blog some time ago.
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@garymarsh6 (14507)
• United Kingdom
10 Jul
It is unbelievably beautiful
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@Kandae11 (40358)
8 Jul
What a splendid looking burial place!.
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@garymarsh6 (14507)
• United Kingdom
8 Jul
Fit for a king no less! Or rather Tzar's!
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@JohnRoberts (65106)
• Los Angeles, California
8 Jul
Just a sedate little chamber!
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@garymarsh6 (14507)
• United Kingdom
8 Jul
Yes just laying around!
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@snowy22315 (54337)
• United States
8 Jul
So ornate! I hope I can make it to Russia some day.
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@garymarsh6 (14507)
• United Kingdom
8 Jul
Good I do hope so.
@allknowing (70806)
• India
9 Jul
I was wondering if you took the opportunity to be there at the Foot Ball Stadium. May be you could watch the Finals?
@rakski (23510)
• Philippines
8 Jul
A very lovely place. Thank you for taking us there.
@Corbin5 (119556)
• United States
8 Jul
So glad you had the opportunity to visit that city. I am so pleased to hear that the city has so much to offer for tourists who want to see as much as possible.
@jstory07 (71284)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Jul
I am glad that you got to see Russia. I have never been there.