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St Petersburg and Moscow our first visit


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  • Added on: September 9th, 2013
Thought I would give our comments on our first visit to Russia.

We spent 4 nights in St Petersburg and had a lovely visit, so much to see, did the free walking tour which was a great introduction to the city and I would recommend it, check out the tours on the Internet.
We stayed at the Grand Mark Hotel in the Admiralty district, friendly speaking staff very informative, small room with en-suit but clean with all the facilities. It looks a bit seedy from the outside but wow what a difference when you enter this small hotel on the second floor. Good location and could recommend.
St Petersburg is a wonderful city to explore we wore our feet to the floor with all the walking.
Traveled by train to Moscow bought the tickets on-line, if you do this get them registered which means you can go straight to the train and not have to bother collecting tickets. Train was the Sapson 157a comfortable seats and it takes about 3 and half hours.Make sure you get the right train some can take up to 9 hours stopping at all sorts of stations.
I had arranged with the hotel for a taxi to pick us up from the station and there he was waiting for us onQ with our name on a board.
We were stuck in grid lock traffic and thought the cost would be a mint but no it was arranged as a fixed fee by the hotel and we were so relieved.
4 nights in Moscow just managed to cover all of the touristy things. Recommend the free walks again, if you enjoy it give these people a good tip they do it for a living.
Yesterday we entered the world of the Russian Metro. I was a little nervous to be honest but there are so many friendly Russians who are very happy to help out if you get stuck. Just show the map and where you want to go. We visited all the main stations to photograph these wonderful and beautiful places of art.
4 hours later we exited very tired and ready for a drink and a meal but very happy to have done it on our own instead of paying the 39 euros which the tours quote for one and half hours. We do love to save money.
Visit the Kremlin, we did the Bell tower and cathedral square it costs 500 rubles the armory is another 750 rubles expensive but if history is your thing it's a must. You can't take any photographs in any of the churches in Russia which is such a shame as they are so so beautiful.
Anyhow hope this helps some of you who plan a visit to Russia, the biggest pain for us was getting the Visa and the cost.
Enjoy your travels and keep safe out there.

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