Russia (Part 3 – Stroll on St. Petersburg Russia Islands ).

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Beautiful channels and islands probably aren’t the first mind🤔🤔🤔 you would associate with St. Petersburg Russia, but they should be, although Russia’s second largest city was founded on swampland. To help drain the swamp land around St. Petersburg Russia, the city has an enviable system of canals which flow throughout the city and of the Neva River that stretch to the Baltic coast. Meanwhile, miles of undeniably charming waterways and charming canals, are very much part of the city’s allure. While elegant and charms are so much more than its 190 miles of navigable waterways, the city’s varied architectural styles are true spotlight with sites stretch along the river.

Waterways that ring the city center, St. Petersburg Russia is built upon 42 islands and holds over 342 bridges😮😮😮. Although they aren’t the cleanest waters, there’s still nothing prettier than standing perched upon a bridge and admiring the way of buildings appear to merge right of the water. Many of them are, of course, only nominally islands, when you cross from one intriguing neighbourhood to another, actually passing over navigable waterways and bridge that connect the city from one island to other island while offering dramatic scenes capes and visual treats. Simultaneously, some are clearly separate from the rest of St. Petersburg, with a distinctive character or unique historic function that make you interest and learn about their fascinating origins. Float down the canal to the different type picturesque of worthy distinctions St. Petersburg Russia: from marvel at impressive old-fashioned features built and18th-century mansions aristocracy along the banks to jump into new style and younger interest amusement park. You can visit several medieval palace and museums in town, or you can ignore culture in favour of the natural unique perspective on this city of islands.

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Vasilyevsky Island🏟🏛🏙🏢🏨:
We across its pretty alleyways and broadly beautiful canals, Vasilyevsky Island – A largest of St. Petersburg’s islands, with harmonious mix of many western European and Russian beautiful architectural. Island not only is constitutes a large portion of the city’s historic center is also several of St. Petersburg’s greatest institutions. Here, centuries-old merchants’, neoclassical buildings, university, museum, exhibition center, the Passenger Sea Port and historic cathedral line elegant and wide boulevards, seeming to round over with each other to get a view of the river. It’s also has plenty of affordable dining options – café; Market Place eatery; local bakery and etc.

In fact, the whole Vasilyevsky island seems focused on the river, with its grand bridges – one of the city’s most iconic sights. We walk toward the landmark: two large columns depicting Russia’s four great rivers, meanwhile we can find our full guide to one of this fascinating city here. Here, for a breathtaking view of the imperial-era St. Petersburg because its situated just across the river from the “Winter Palace” and “Peter and Paul Fortress”. On the Neva river, during the warmer months, you can enjoy daytime boat trips along the numerous historical rivers and canals. The river is always busy with dozens of river cruises on large ferries or hydrofoils from launch spots along the city’s river banks, or who take the trip into smaller canals you can experience them with in favour of the smaller vessels—sailboats, motorboats. Although we visit on the winter season so would not view these scenery but quilted in ice snow, the city’s big sights really don’t have a bad angle. River are inseparable from St. Petersburg’s panorama, continuous ice sheets being carried through the city on miles of waterways, ornate and brightly coloured of historical architecture, pigeons joyful flying and playing on the water, there all ample evidence why the winter of “St. Petersburg Russia” get another uniquely beautiful.

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Bridge🌉🚤🛳:
Bridge, one of the great St. Petersburg Russia symbolism, these classic and broad bridges becomes a main attraction, covered in hundreds of beautiful fairy lights, that meet natural canals of the river and connect it with the island to another of the island. Most people stroll along the river bank during the warmer months period for waiting, cheer as illuminated bridges rise to let commercial ships through and have a jolly time with its majestic sight view, the surrounding fountains dance to classical music. During the winter season, water activities would not carry on. On our front of the eye panorama is when sunlight shining under bridge, the magnificent and exquisite bridge appear to be most frostily and dignity view, let it’s quietly balanced at there wait for the warmer month coming up.

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Zayachy Island🏰🛕🚶‍♀️🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️🍔🍟🥤:
We stroll on a very small island which is one of the oldest-fashion Russia style in Saint Petersburg, Zayachy Island boasts another historic city filled with an undeniable charm of the past. Rich in sights of striking architecture from that have stood here since the earliest years of St. Petersburg meanwhile many different eras that give the canals an enchanting pastel hue. With broad expanses and deep enough of the river, here is the first port of St. Petersburg was built . A pleasant island to explore on foot, numerous interest museum, galleries, spectacular river side view and enough restaurant, coffee, beer, cafe around every corner to satisfy of the foodies. We relaxing stroll on island, delightful for snap some pics, unconsciously is time for a lunch .Ok, think to want be a budget price, great tasting and filling our stomach so we decide enjoy our lunch in Burger King, hamburger fast food restaurants chain. In Saint Petersburg Russia, you can easy look for multinational chain of food restaurants around every corner to satisfy even the most insatiable stomach. Burger King’s menu has expanded of many different kind of taste set meal for option and we choose “THE WHOPPER” set meal with the price is 400RUB (5.13 €) per set.

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Peter and Paul Fortress one of the notable landmarks will take us back to the days of the city’s founder, which during the founding time of it served as the city’s first stronghold. First, as you step into this fortress, same as other forts, you will see the brick wall first after that welcome us is a huge of Iconic Peter and Paul Cathedral, an Impressive building look is elegant with brightly golden yellow coloured and renaissance art. A few line of a centuries-old tradition with simple, coloured and exquisite facades, architecture itself premature rich with hugely varied, and sometimes sinister history. Early as a military base, a home of government departments, the burial ground of the Russian Imperial family, the site of ground-breaking scientific experiments, and a forbidding jail. Today, the museum has gradually become virtually the sole owner of the fortress building. It is intimately linked to both the history of the city and to the Romanov dynasty, as it is home to the graves of nearly all the rulers of Russia since Peter the Great. Simultaneously, on the top of its walls you can be able for admire beautiful panoramic views the part of this city, enjoy for overlooking the Vasilyevsky Island and the Petrograd Side.

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Russia Part 2 – Saint Petersburg Russia Neighborhoods

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A compact, bright and charmingly beautiful city, Saint Petersburg Russia where the city’s focal is almost indecently full of iconic buildings with well-maintained historic buildings, whether ancient Medieval, Renaissance buildings and even protruding buildings dotted throughout the city but at the same time don`t forget the restaurant🍕🥐🥩🍰 ,bar🍻🍷🍹, art galleries, hotels, boutiques🛍🛒 and traditional market culture . Uniquely beautiful of the city, although make as bustling setting but pleasant street whose myriad neighbourhoods each have the charm and draw unique of more intimate cities. Saint Petersburg Russia, remarkable of city islands, from its broadly beautiful canals views to criss-crossed Main Street and narrow winding streets is full of color and beauty.

How to discovery this city? One of the best approaches is same as us to allow a day and get happily lost😄🚶‍♀️🚶‍♀️, wandering down whichever picturesque street takes your fancy. Historically, its message has been: Keep the flame of tradition alive, but traditions can become stultifying. Historical facades and beautifully interior detailed with modern twists on the classics, each district of the Saint Petersburg Russia has something new and different to show off. We can easy view of that’s feature from that mixture of culture and burgeoning creative; Elegant, grand hotels for more modern design; refined avenues where spill with trendily item of clothing, window display, souvenir boutiques and 24hour shop. St Petersburg Russia is also packed full of interesting and diverse restaurants. Some will like to the proliferation of vibrancy and chic bars, world-class vodka to whereas others still will like get hang out Café. From traditional restaurants recreating with Russia atmosphere to modern, trendy different establishments and multinational chain of fast food restaurants.

 

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Street:🏛🏙👠🥾👔👗🧣🛍
Though the city is full of charming spots, it’s hard to argue with the fact that the Nevsky Prospekt, as the heart of the city is St. Petersburg’s geographical anchor. With well preserved medieval charm for that gorgeous buildings and monuments that spring up on every corner, let us relaxing and enjoyable for stroll through on the Nevsky Prospekt. That are mix of both European architectural style as well as Russia traditional architecture, with its Art Nouveau and colorful buildings, simple and European streetlights, Neoclassical Churches alternate as well as the National Russian Library and Kazan Cathedral let us feel ourselves landed in an age bygone or a gorgeous world. Here perhaps for enjoy shopping experience you can enter into one of the Russia first shopping malls – Gostiny Dvor which also is the largest department store in Saint Petersburg, Russia taking up an entire city block. Or you will come across plenty of flagship store, boutique and souvenir shop where are modern, artistic creativity and an intrinsic charm. Simultaneously, we buy layer warmest coat with preferably features of wind and waterproof in a flagship store – Turkey multinational clothing-retail “Colin’s” as a brand. Well, the coat have good discount so the price is just 1995RUB (24.68€).

Food Scene: 🍕🍔🍗🍰
St. Petersburg’s food scene effortlessly blends the city’s historic past with more modern re-interpretations of classic dishes. So Nevsky Prospekt with an elegant avenue have numerous of restaurants and cafes where you can choose different taste of lunch and dinner or where you can stop and sip a cup of rich coffee with your favourite delicious dessert. After surrounding hanging out, our stomach is protesting. Okay, now it ’s time to fill up our stomach. We take our lunch in an Italian restaurant that resembles a cosy dining room with a simple interior design and classy décor to create a stylish atmosphere that appeals to a young crowd. A simple design of menu with English version let us easy for take the a la carte of the starters are soup of today and tomato cheese soup, our main course is a regular and be a public flavor of pizza. In winter, hot soup will make our body warm. This is the classic tomato soup, which is contains rich, fresh and sweet tomatoes, absolutely full of flavor, and add thick cheese to enhance its flavor. Okay, pretty darn tasty. Lastly, taste a cup of superb coffee that is perfect in our lunch. The total price for the lunch is 1260RUB (15.90€).

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Food Court:🍚🍜🌭🥨🥣
As home of the culture, food court is one of the important part for the local culture, follow us to the shopping mall food court which nearly of the Bus Station. An indoor brightly, simple and cleanly plaza which is contiguous with the counters of multiple foods stalls that including classic, locally sourced and foreign dishes. We choose for taste local and low-priced set meal with 240RUB (3.03€) per set: a plate of rice with fish dishes plus a bowl of soup, salad, bread and drinks. Even in the winter days, the quantity of the fish would be seldom, but this fish dishes is very fresh and haven’t any fish smell although with a simple cooking, the taste also delicious. For the rice, we live in the South East Asia Country, rice food as our necessary and we have claim for its so we inappropriate comment.

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Night Life:🌃🍻🍸🍷🍽🥢
St Petersburg Russia as a buzzing and energetic city, you’ll fall even more in love with the city of night – full of culture, art and a literary history through its many restaurants, bars and cafes. What is lost weight?Let`s us temporary forget about lost weight, numerous restaurants and cafes that an array of places to choose of your dinner, meanwhile don’t forget enjoy a discount of “suppertime”. Well, after 09:00 pm a lot of the restaurants and cafes have 30% discount so we can love our bank account. Walk in the Rubinshteyna street, its most charming in the evenings and the gorgeous street focus for nightlife in the city, the whole street is basically a lineup of restaurants and bars with light dances across the highly ornamented old buildings. Same as local, you can start the electrifying nightlife for a perfectly dinner drinking stylish cocktails and continuous to the charming pubs for drinking different type of wine, or you can drink other taste of the ice-cold beer. In Russia, they are many selection of different flavour and brand of beer. One of the exciting urban locations that are you can keep on going for continuous a drink and party till late in Rubinsteina Street.

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Farmers` Market:🐮🐷🐔🐐🥩🧀🍓🍐🥦🥔

It should be no surprise that most of the traveller👩👨🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️ same as us love visiting farmers’ markets! We want being fully immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of the local community. So during our travelling in St Petersburg Russia, we taking the metro to Torzhkovsky Market located just a short distance from the city, a market that are far more authentic neighbourhood market with only well-known in the residents. There are quieter charms here, a distinguishing feature building with beside is a line of street food stall meanwhile around with row by row of shops lot. One of most attract us are here can easy view a small stall that selling hundreds of different taste of snack, including different type of dry fruit, nuts, raisin, small dessert and etc.

Walk into Torzhkovsky Market, a simple and clean traditional market, neat of the vendors shop with smoked foods mongers, greengrocers, cheesemongers, butchers, fragrant herbs, tableware and bakers, all with an appropriately Russia vibe. A wide variety of different type and flavour of traditional Russian smoked foods including fish, meat and pickles vegetables. Giant different part fresh meat hang on thick iron pillar, browsing stands piled high with colorful produce, many people busy for buy farm-fresh cheese. The cheeses at here are more cheaper compared to our country, of cause, as cheese lover we must buy some blue cheese. At the same time, we like to cook different flavors of food at home, so best for us, this is a stall with a variety of colors and flavors, which can sell more than dozens of various specific spices and dried herbs. More spices have their exquisite aroma, texture, taste and just only 100RUB (1.25€) for the small packets of 100g +- let us delight and easy to buy a few different type of spices.

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Our Europe 2020 Trip (#Introduction Part 1 )

Our Europe Trip – #Russia #SaintPetersburg #IntroductionPart1

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As the world’s largest country in total area, Russia is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia and covers more than 11% of the Earth’s landmass. Due to its size, Russia is borders as 14 countries, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine. It also shares maritime borders with Japan, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States. Covering an area of 17,125,200 km, the country is incorporating a great range of environments and landforms from clad sequentially in tundra, coniferous forest (taiga), mixed and broadleaf forests, grassland (steppe), and semi-desert (fringing the Caspian Sea) and as the changes in vegetation reflect the changes in climate.

Russia is known all over the world for its megacities like Moscow and St. Petersburg with many remarkable that create the unforgettable architectural🏰, as cultural and historical sites, incredible architecture in design new era, galleries, museums and restaurants🍽🥢. Situated on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of Western Russia, Moscow, as Russia’s capital city, is the northernmost and coldest megacity on Earth. Moscow attracted world attention as a centre of international business and has one of the world’s largest urban economies, being ranked as an alpha global city. Today Moscow is not only the political centre of Russia but also the country’s most populous city and its industrial, cultural, scientific, and educational.

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E-Visa:
Most foreign passport holders to enter the Russian Federation are required to apply for a visa, which is a permit to travel to, enter, and remain in the country. Good News!!😀😀 For now have been conformed FREE electronic visa (or E-Visa) to visit Russia for a short-term stay, with provide for that citizens of the listed 53 countries which including our living Country, Malaysia. FREE e-visa is more practical way to apply with only for enters to https://evisa.kdmid.ru/ is it convenient? By the way the E-Visa is only valid for a maximum of 8 travel day. With valid E-Visa you can ride any transport such as Airplane, Bus🚌🚌, Car🚗🚗, Train🚆🚆 and etc to entry the designated area. It is easy step for apply, no need go to Russian embassy or consulate, just sit in front your laptop💻💻 or computer and simply click, click and entirely online in minutes for complete your application.

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How to apply:🤔🤔
Firstly, you must prepared standard visa size photo, enter https://evisa.kdmid.ru/ and fill out the application form. You must fill in some simple personal detail, Russia accommodation detail and date of entry WITHOUT invitation hotel booking confirmations or any other documents that confirm the purpose of your journey to the Russian Federation .The most IMPORTANT is email address must be correct. Processing would take few days on business hour and the Official Website would send the E-Visa to your email. NOTE: You must print out confirmation E-Visa and Adobe Acrobat Reader is recommended .Customs officer must direct check your confirmation E-Visa, simultaneously you must always bring the confirmation E-Visa with foreign passport during the period of travelling in Russia because officer would check for anytime. Application must be made no later than four days and no earlier than 20 days before expected date of entry. Currently, E-Visas are available for specific Russian regions, while our country (Malaysia) in order to enter for 3 of the regions. During our Europe Trip 2020, we choose for the region of St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region as our travelling Journey.

From our country Malaysia, we take our backpack and baggage, ride the Turkish Airlines and upon arrival in the Helsinki Finland Airport. Although as freedom traveller, well-researched itinerary and planning is one of the important parts for our Europe Trip but observed and on-site response also is significant on this adventures trip. Well, now we were start share our experience for what we are view, learning, discover and difficulty during our Europe Journey. On our planning, Russia as our first destination, before fly to the Europe we have already plan for take long-distance bus as our best route from Finland to Russia and directly book on the website.

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Transport departure to Saint Petersburg:
Choose Lux Express🚌🚌 which has connect multiple journeys to neighbouring countries and the bus have departure from the Helsinki Finland Airport. Well, it good for us save the cost and time. Lux Express, the look of long-distance buses exteriors are sleek black with gold colour logo and the interior same as long-distance bus that we ride on the last year of Europe Trip, offering comfortable and style at a premium. Thank🙏🙏 for the Lux driver patient for waiting us during the custom checking and help us carry our luggage after checking, well we admit it take a few time for checking because our big and heavy luggage are difficult to carry. Sit back with relaxing, the distance take about 8 hour to Saint Petersburg, Russia and the bus ticket price is 18.00€ per adult.

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Saint Petersburg:
Saint Petersburg, as Russia’s second-largest city and get the local of the proud of their city with its strategically located on the north-western bank of the Neva River and reborn as a centre of culture, art, science and architecture. Because it lies on a series of islands separated by canals and tributaries of the Neva River delta, Saint Petersburg also is an important Russia port on the Baltic Sea. Gone are the days of drab Cold War Russia and a city divided by the Wall. Energetic Saint Petersburg has grabbed the us attention with its exuberant urban life and vibrant arts scene. It’s central is large and spread over several islands that made the city’s with have canals and bridges criss-cross on the waterways, art-filled🗿 public spaces and rich on cultural traditions that were create the unique atmosphere of the city. In these bustle and infinite variety of streets with a lot of restaurants🍕🍟, cafés🥞🍰, and nightlife🍷🍸🍺 there’s always something to see, hear, taste, or feel. Simultaneously, hundreds of the museum🏛🏛, palaces, basilica, and monuments provide a window into Saint Petersburg’s rich art history, offering the best view of the scene across centuries and styles.

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Language and Money Changers💲💲/ATM🏧🏧:
Although, Russian is the only official language and Saint Petersburg also using Russian as their socialize but they also can speaking the simple English and it’s well for foreigners especially for us (freedom traveller). Meanwhile, the city is called “the cultural capital” not only for its sightseeing due to the manners sported by its inhabitants. Because of its residents are friendly😊😊 and if you need for any help such as ask directions, even though they would not smile for you but they were tried to help for you. The Russian Ruble is used in Russia, If you same as us want to exchange money prior to your trip, most likely, the bank or money changers in your home country doesn’t carry Russian Ruble. So the best money bring is dollars or euros, Saint Petersburg city got a lot of money changers convenient for you to exchange. Withdrawing money from ATM🏧🏧🏧 is the easiest and best way to get Ruble currency. You can find ATM everywhere and most ATM in Russia don’t charge you for withdrawing. Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of establishments in Russia will accept debit or credit card💳💳💳 with any financial company such as VISA, MASTER and etc. Sometimes you might get charged a small fee for card transactions, so you should check with your local bank before departure.

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Internet Data Sim Card🌍🌍
Connect to Internet is very important way on our journey when you travel abroad especially for those same as us (freedom traveller). We know international roaming fees are very expensive. Before departure, we already purchased an Internet data card (Sim Card ) on internet and our country sellers inform us the Sim card of internet can use in Schengen countries and Russia. But we never expected, when we arrived Euro the Sim Card cannot be connection and we direct message to the Sim card telecommunications company which the name as CM Link but they didn’t reply to us😡😡😡. Fortunately, our country sellers direct refunded money to us. While during our Europe Trip, CM Link as Irresponsibility Company not only haven’t reply us and always message to us for top up the money. So when buy the Sim Card from your home country maybe must take of this risk.

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A telecommunications company we buy the Sim Card at Saint Petersburg from them…….

 

 

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Don’t worry😏😏, buying a Russian prepaid SIM card for connect to Internet or make calls in or from Russia is very economical. It’s easy, only going to mobile stores, by the way in Saint Petersburg mobile stores are easily look on the street which including in shopping streets or shopping centers, near metro stations and etc. Just take out your passport, there is no fee especially aimed at tourists and you only pay the amount for your consume. They offer several prepaid plans with data, text messages and minutes for calls. The shop assistant recommended us take the unlimited data with Credit Validity: 30 days and the price is 415 RUB ( 5.06€ ).

To be continued………………

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