Russia ’16 – St. Petersburg Day 5

No breakfast today, we were off to an early start. As our destination was outside of the city centre, we couldn’t get there by walking, as we had for the past few days – in fact, we were worried our 10-trip metro pass wouldn’t pay off (it did in the end, just barely).  Waiting opposite…

Russia ’16 – St. Petersburg Day 4

We got a few Pirozhki pieces (different jams as filling) for breakfast from the very popular, upmarket chain cafe Штрогель (Strogell, look for the swirly apple logo). Mr K had an amusing language fail. They didn’t have any change so they suggested we add черни́ка instead. Husband couldn’t figure it out so he insisted that…

Russia ’16 – St. Petersburg Day 3

After walking past it several times, we finally managed to actually visit one of the most iconic cathedrals in StP – the Church (of the Savior) on Spilled Blood. The interiour is even more spectacular than the (eye) candy jar exteriour. There was a free tour in Russian at the time of our visit, too,…

Russia ’16 – St. Petersburg Day 2

We started our first full day at Kazansky Cathedral. Unlike the more touristy Cathedral of Spilled Blood – which got its name from being the site of Alexander II’s assassination – it is an actual place of worship. As such, there is no entrance fee, but of course you should behave respectfully. That includes covering…

Russia ’16 – St. Petersburg Day 1

Flying Aeroflot from Berlin, we chose to spend one night in the capital before embarking on our Russia trip. Many attractions (and restaurants) close on Mondays and we’ve been to Berlin before many times, so we simply walked from our hotel near the Kurfürstendamm shopping street to Kreuzberg, where we visited the Veganz store (no…