Wednesday, November 5, 2008
ahhhh . . . the best laid plans
This just in - no trains are running on November 25th from SPB back to Helsinki. We can take the bus, fly or stay one more night. We are choosing the latter option. Made a just-before-closing call to the travel agent so that everything can be in order when I go back to town tomorrow. We'll have to do new visa applications to be there another day. Good thing the applications had not gone to the Russian embassy yet.
Created by Barb at 5:20 PM
The outskirts of St. Pete
Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.