Okay, so I’m taking the easy way out with St. Petersburg. Writing a thorough post on this massive city with its centuries worth of history is a colossus undertaking. One that I’m just not up for. I love the city though! It’s incredible. Especially when you have Russian-speaking friends (thanks O & N)! It makes it so much easier!
Throughout our visits this season, we did a daytime riverboat tour, visited the Church on the Spilled Blood, enjoyed some lovely food with friends, shot Russian vodka, climbed to the roof of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and wandered around like nobody’s business! I felt great about our time spent there, especially because these experiences were just cherries on top of the delicious Russian sundaes of experience I created in two previous seasons of visiting.
Most importantly, we won transportation in St. Petersburg. Normally it costs $30-40 to taxi into town. Each way. But when you catch the bus from the port to the metro station for 28 rubles ($.43), then take the subway to Nevsky Prospect (the main street through the city) for 31 rubles ($.48), then Uber back to the ship from the Hermitage for 280 rubles ($4.35), you pretty much got the transportation thing down pat. And when you take into account that four of us rode in the Uber car for a 45 minute drive, it’s very clear that it worked out in our favor. But we definitely paid our fair share of pricey taxi rides throughout the 2010 and 2012 Baltic seasons.
Anyway, some photos to accompany this not-so-detailed post: