St. Petersburg – Russia

2013 -We travelled Visa Free from Finland on ship to St. Petersburg for 3 nights in Russia. We checked in early at 3PM and they looked Passport. our online Reservation. They gave us their boarding card, room key, and departure card , arrival card and and immigration paper. We stayed on the 4th floor and a simple and clean room.

We went to the buffet . We enjoyed the amazing buffet, appetizes, main dishes and desserts, and this high on our list was the black and red caviar. After dinner we went out to the nightclub and stayed three hours .Watching the amazing entertainment. Next morning we enjoyed our buffet breakfast .

We docked in St. Petersburg and had to clear customs and showed our arrival and departure cards and passports and saw our hotel receipt. We exchanged money at happy the terminal and there was an ATM and the shuttle was waiting for us. The Van stopped at St. Isaacs Cathedral and then minute walk to our hotel . Nevsky Grand Hotel – This was so amazing . This person at the desk spoke spoke English. She gave us a better map and it is 10 minute walk to the Hermitage Museum. Such a great location.

Hermitage Museum- We walked along the River and walked into the this Museum got our tickets and we audio guide was so wonderful.. The grand staircase in itself was so much. Saw so many pieces of art from all over the world.. We saw paintings by Monet, Leonardo Da Vinci, Antonio Canova and Michelangelo’s crouching Boy. The palace rooms are so amazing. Pillars, mantels, and huge urns. There was a gold room and filled with chandelier. We stayed over four hours so much to see and do.

In the past Russia was OK. But now this such an horrendous and terrible WAR ZONE.


  1. I agree, this is no longer the time to go. I had the chance to visit Saint Petersburg during the White Nights at the end of June, the atmosphere of these long evenings is magical, along the canals which also reflect the weak light. I would love to go back, but it will probably take a while, Russia deserves better.


  2. My father visited Russia on a cruise a few years ago and said it was surreal growing up a Baby Boomer to be walking the streets of a place he’d always considered an enemy. I’m glad you got to visit the beautiful things of Russia before the terror of what’s happening now. The Russian people are lied to over and over. I pray for peace.

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  3. Great post and It looks like you had a blast of a time there in Russia, how I wish to also see the images of Leonardo Da Vinci and also taste the hotel’s food such as that delicious buffet , I used to work at a hotel so I get it what draws the visitors in is the food and menu served at the hotel

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  4. I did the visa-free visit of St. Petersburg the year prior to you, and it was a whirlwind of 48 hours seeing as much of the city as possible. It’s a big city with so much to do, but a beautiful one nonetheless. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Creaps with caviar? ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn’t it very good and tasty? I love St. Petersburg. Beautiful city with rich history and art. There are so many places to visit and so much to learn.
    Unfortunately, this is not the best time to visit…

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  6. Anita, I would love to see St. Petersburg, esp. as it’s the birthplace of one of my favorite writers (Dostoevsky)! Your pictures take me there. I’ve never heard of M’s “Crouching Boy” sculpture: how extraordinary!

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  7. To travel by ship from Finland to Russia must have been great! A wonderful visit, I’m sure … yet another country you can tick off on your list (but yes, like you have said, not a good place now to visit).

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