Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Waiting Day 7 - Walk Around City & Tsarkoe Selo

Today we got up and headed for a walk around the Sennaya Ploshchad area. We walked over to the Bolshaya Neva River and then headed back towards the Mariinskiy Theater.

We got a look at several different areas of town and walked down to St. Nicholas' Cathedral. We tried to look inside but mass was going on. We did get a look from the window and it was very beautiful inside.

By then it was nearly noon and we had a 2:00pm tour across town so we hurriedly went to get lunch. Since Mom had missed my lunch at The Idiot the day before, we decided to go there for lunch. This has actually been one of our favorite places to eat so far. Here is one of my favorite pictures from the meal (Mom thinks I set her up).

We headed over to the tour bus which was about a 15-20 minute walk. The tour took us to Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) which is the place where Catherine's summer castle is located. It is about 19 miles outside of St Petersburg.

The tour guide was a little grouchy but overall the tour was great. The castle was fabulous and very extravagant. It was actually designed by Catherine's daughter, Elizabeth, but was named after her mother. The grounds are still covered in snow and mud but I think they are probably unbelievable in the summer month.

We arrived back to St Petersburg at 7pm and we decided to eat at a place that makes really good blinis. We searched and searched for the place and FINALLY found it. Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed. We were starving and didn't have the energy to search any longer so we headed to McDonalds. McDonalds is crazy in Russia - all the young people love it and both times I have been in one here it has been a mad house.

We were so exhausted after dinner that we headed straight home. I did some laundry in the sink and then I crashed. Tomorrow is our last full day in St Petersburg so we have it packed full of activities.


Location:St Petersburg, Russia

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