Welcome to Day #2 of our 3-day discovery of St.Petersburg, Russia! On our first full day in St.Petersburg, we explored the historic centre of the city on foot and via boat cruise down the Neva River. On the agenda for our second full day in the city was a visit to Peterhof – meaning “Peter’s Court” in German – followed by a performance of Swan Lake at the Hermitage, the highlight of our trip.
Getting a feel for the “real” St.Petersburg
We packed a picnic lunch and hopped on the matushka bus to the palace. Matushka buses are like mini-buses and can be boarded at Avtovo metro station – don’t worry, you’ll know which one is destined to Peterhof by the signs, which are in English, and the enthusiastic driver assistants calling for you to jump on board.
The benefit of taking the bus was getting an insight look at what St.Petersburg is actually like, outside the gilded walls of the famous city. Contrary to the coloured palaces that line the streets of the Nevky Prospekt, these concrete buildings, and ancient trams were a little more along the lines of what we expected to see in the former USSR.
In 2008, I had the great fortune of arriving in Bangkok, after an amazing few weeks spent exploring Singapore, Malaysia (Malacca, Panang and Kuala Lumpur). After a long (but wicked fun) overnight train from Penang (Malaysia), I finally arrived in Bangkok. Humming One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head as I pulled into the original sin-city, I was eager to see just where my feet would take me. As it turned out, they took me on a trip that would change my life forever.
“One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster…
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free…“
Let me just say one thing: I am in big big big trouble. I love Mango Sticky Rice! Oh and Pad Thai, and spring rolls and and and. Thank goodness the amount of clothes for sale are equal to, or outnumber the types of yummy food that line the crowded streets of Bangkok. I’m sure I’m already a plus size in Asian, post-Bangkok I may have to get all my clothes tailored!
I had the pleasure of visiting Cambodia in 2008 as part of my whirlwind travels across South East Asia. After traveling through Singapore, Malaysia (Malacca, Penang and Kuala Lumpur), I ended up in Thailand (Bangkok, Ko Phi Phi and Chiang Mai) where, under the Full Moon of Ko Pha Ngan, I met my husband to be. Having fallen head over heels for this German on walkabout, my travel plans took an unexpected turn. Not wanting to part ways, we both re-directed our existing travel plans to Cambodia. As I watched my pre-paid flight to Vietnam take off before my eyes, I had no idea what to expect! Cambodia? I wasn’t prepared for this! As it turns out, sometimes the most spontaneous travel plans are the best! Read on…