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July 29th 2019
Published: July 29th 2019
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Day 1 - 3 from 80 Good morning / afternoon /evening everyone, depending on what time it is there when you open this. Yes, we are on our travels again, so this is a sunny welcome and "Privyet!" from St Petersburg .... the Russian branch not Floridian. 3 months this time. St P, Moscow, Trans-Mongolian Express, Irkutsk, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing for a week, 3 weeks group tour of China, 3 weeks across ... Read Full Entry

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30th July 2019

Down Memory Lane
Hi. I too have been to St Petersburg - - 6 days in 2007 - so much of this is a reminder! So far you do not mentioned the difficulty of reading the language i.e signs, metro stations etc. This was a major problem for us as we also were travelling independently. We went 'local' a couple of times and did what the Russions did i.e. stood on the edge of the pavement, held our arm out and a private car will stop - you tell the driver where you want to go, you can agree a price and they will mostly take you. However, with the advent of Uber perhaps this custom has disappeared. Our hotel was not far from the Mariinsky Theate - Alexandra House. You will of course have noticed that tourists pay a different price from locals. I shall look forward to the rest of your blog on Russia. Since India - I have only been to Poland, Ramsgate and Ramsbottom!! (After India I am sticking to Europe for the time being!) However, planning to do a walking trip to Wales in August and an Exodus trip to the Prosecco Hills at the end of September.
30th July 2019

Hi Sheila Thanks for reading our blog. Signage out and about so far hadn't been too bad. Certainly the Metro system we have found very well signed, though I had printed a metro map to bring with us. Just done our first half day in the Hermitage, General Staff Building, and all items labelled in Russian and English Bit more difficult out on the streets Maybe we'll say something about this in a later blog Ta Paul and Pip

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