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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Exploring Saint Petersburg, Russia

I loved Russia and I was surprised because before I came I was actually a bit scared of it. I thought it was going to be freezing, and grey and the people were going to be harsh and unfriendly.

It could not be more different (apart from the weather - it was freezing haha)

The place was vibrant, colourful, feels very safe and full of polite and friendly people. I actually found Russians to be quite funny and the first time one cracked a joke I was genuinely shocked haha. I can't get over how wrong my perception was. 

If you've not been because you were feeling the same then you should go and experience it for yourself, it honestly is one of the best places I've been to.

After that little deep moment, it's time to explore!

We started our day sightseeing at St. Isaacs Church; the largest church in Russia. Full of mosaics and paintings but my favourite view was from the roof. We could see Saint Petersburg from behind the angels which was such a great experience because there are no modern buildings here so we could see the historic city line.

So refreshing after my trip to New York last month.

We wandered around the streets getting a feel for the place and also in search of some hot chocolates. It was so cold we needed them as a matter of survival. Even the drainpipes had frozen...

As we were walking and the ice was defrosting massive shards would fall from the roof so we were walking as far as we could get from the inside of the pavement to avoid the. We stopped off at the fire pit in the middle of a memorial to heat up because our fingers were so cold.

We headed on to the Kazan Cathedral. We didn't spend that long in here because even though its filled with beautiful paintings it was full of locals praying and I always worry about being accidental disrespectful when I'm sightseeing.

We had a late lunch at Pelmenya; it's known for selling typical Russian dishes and was pretty great. It was so cheap, but it is small so be prepared to wait. Also if you go, there is a button to press for service and we didn't realise for ages which was embarrassing. We tried the Russian dumplings (pelmeni) filled with potato and meat. Delicious, but not very photogenic so excuse the lack of photos.

Then we headed over to the Church of the saviour of spilled blood.

The outside was amazing but the inside was just incredible. This was definitely my favourite place in all of Saint Petersburg.

Beautiful paintings on every surface, surrounded by colourful mosaics. Malachite seems to have been a real favourite with all the builders and I love it - one of my favourite stones.

We were about ready for a nap before heading out for dinner and drinks so headed back to our hotel for a lie down. We stayed at the Dom Boutique hotel and I so want the chandelier and bath in my home. I'd recommend the hotel because the location was good, the staff were nice and it was a good price.

See you next time,


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