Final thoughts St.Petersburg
By Gary Marsh
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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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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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 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.