My trip to St. Petersburg
I've just returned from a week in St. Petersburg. What a beautiful and interesting city! It is quite different from Moscow, where I went in 2015. I've visited a lot of places and seen a lot of interesting and beautiful things. Furthermore, it is not an expensive city to stay. I wanted to let you know that it helped a lot learning Russian here on Duolingo. Although I really need to practice more (something I didn't do the past months due to illness and family matters), it was so much fun to see I could now order food and drinks, find my way around the city and read signs and so on. Apparently my pronunciation was good because when I greeted people in Russian they replied in Russian too. Now, I'm going to try and pick up the lessons again. I don't know when I will be going to Russia again, but Duolingo, and the Duolingo community, really helped me to enjoy my holiday and find my way around.
Russia is just an amazing country! I get always jealous when somebody goes there! :D
I'm planning to go to Russia, so... Can you tell me a few examples? :D
P. S.: The whole Russia is fabulous!
traditionally foreign guests go across the Golden Ring (Sergiyev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov Veliky, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal and Vladimir). Still I recommend Sochi. And it only beginning...
You know, lots of people who visit the Netherlands go to Amsterdam first. And there are a lot more interesting cities in the Netherlands. It is just that when you visit a country as a tourist, for the first or maybe the second time, you go to where the things are you want to see. All my life I wanted to visit the Hermitage. And since the Hermitage is located in St. Petersburg, I went there... ;-)
What places have you visited in Saint Petersburg? My home is near Peter and Paul Fortress. I think you had been there
I visited the Fortress 20 years ago... Beautiful! My profile picture is from the ceiling of the cathedral there.
I was staying in a small hotel in Galernaya Ulitsa. I've visited the Hermitage (two days), the Fabergé museum, the Palace gardens, the Fortress ;-), the Church of the Spilled Blood. We walked along Nevsky Prospect, went to the ballet and an opera in the Mariinsky theatre, visited the Wodka museum (and I don't even drink wodka). But we also had dinner in local restaurants (and not so local Subway), drank coctails in a bar and walked, and walked, and walked. We sat on the beach near the Fortress!
I go for quality, not quantity. Not like the Japanese who come in large groups and do the whole city in 2 days ;-) . The weather was ok, better than the weather in the Netherlands during the week. Good for walking anyway. And sitting on the little beach near the Fortress.
I'm returning to Russia in a few months myself :) First time went to Ростов-на-Дону
Россия просто замечательная страна! Она полна умных и интересных людей)
Hmm, I must disagree with you when you say that SPb is not an expensive city to stay in... I found the hotels there fairly exorbitant. Maybe not as bad as in Moscow, but Moscow is famously one of the most expensive cities for expats in the world, so being less expensive than the most expensive in the world doesn't necessarily mean cheap. :)
The mood in SPb is absolutely different to that of Moscow. Both are beautiful and interesting cities in their own right though. In my mind, I equate them somewhat to San Francisco and Los Angeles: SF and SPb are both a bit more "northern", smaller (at least compared to their southern counterpart), more focused on art and culture as opposed to business and commerce (or at least perceived as such), and a bit resentful of their southern rival. LA and MSK are both among the world's kings (or perhaps queens) of urban sprawl, endless cities that you could get lost in for the rest of your life, somewhat hedonistic and decadent, but with an under-appreciated humanity which outsiders often tend to overlook because these cities are unfairly stereotyped as dirty and dangerous. Whatever your tastes, though, if you can keep an open mind you can find no end of wonderful things to discover in all of these cities.
How many people live in LA? I thought it is smaller than SPB. SPB is one of the biggest cities in Europe.
I guess it depends on what you consider LA... The city proper only has about 4 million people, but most people consider LA to be the group of cities that exists from about Santa Monica to the border with Orange County, which is well over 10 million people. Officially SPb is about 5 million, but I don't know how big that number goes when you consider the suburbs around the city.
oh, I see. SPB with suburbs is difinitely less than 10m. but anyway it is not some small cute city. You saw the historical center only.
I paid only 250 euro's for a whole week including breakfast in a hotel at a very convenient location. For me, that is cheap. Flight 230 (I booked early). It all depends on what you call 'cheap' or 'expensive'. Try and spend a few weeks in England, in the Lake District, as I did last year... Or try and order a beer in Barcelona or a coffee in Venice ;-)
When I went to SPb, the very cheapest hotel I could find was almost 100 euro a night, and it was really a very low-quality hotel... I guess I just wasn't looking in the right places. :)