Nevsky av. 87/2, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Easter in St Petersburg
Hello! We'll be in St. Petersburg early April next year, on Easter Week in fact.
Will the museums, palaces and shops be all closed on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday and Easter Sunday itself? (Please bear with me, I'm not sure if that's how they are referred to by Russian Orthodox.)
Are there any traditional festivals/events that we should see during this time?
Thanks in advance for your feedback! Cheers :)
RE: RE: Easter in St Petersburg
I checked on the internet: Catholic Easter and Orthodox Easter fall on the same dates on 2007. That being the case, will the major sights and shops be closed?
Thank you for your constant feedback :)
Travel Tips for Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg Tip
Back when this was Leningrad and Russia was not quite open to the west, I visited with a group out of London called Top Deck. It was a 45 day camping trip of Scandinavia/Eastern Europe. We get to Leningrad,spend a few days and are at the campsite a few miles out of town when the bus breaks down. Our intourist guide is in Leningrad because she's not allowed to stay with us (foreigners only at the campgrounds and hotels during this time). Me and a fellow traveller volunteer to hitchhike into Leningrad to meet the guide so she can help arrange for a mechanic. We stand on a very busy road with cars belching out leaded gas and whatever else they burn in Russia and a bus stops to pick us up. No one on the bus speaks English and it is a private bus, not public transit. Everyone is smiling at us and we're smiling back. I try to tell them where we want to go, gee I might as well been speaking a foreign language! I show them the name of the street written down but of course it's written in the English alphabet, not Russian so they have no clue. They keep pointing at me and Debs (the other volunteer) so I say America and point to me. They all start smiling and say Amerika! and point to me. Deb then says Australia and points to her. They all say Amerika! and point to me. This goes on for several minutes. Then I say New Jersey and they look at me blankly. I say New York and they all start pointing at me and saying New York!. Deb says Melbourne and they all point at me and say New York! This was the extent of our conversation. I hand out packs of sugarless gum that I always carry with me, get kissed by several extremely malodorous older women and we jump off the bus somewhere in downtown Leningrad. Amazingly, we do find the street we're looking for, find the guide and bring her back to the bus with a mechanic.
Vodka Drinking With Sailors
Arriving at St Petersburg having spent the entire flight from London Gatwick sat next to two Russian sailors. During the flight they were insisiting that I drank toasts of vodka with them. This was to initiate me into Russian hospitality!
Tipping is increasingly expected at restaurants. Tip 10-15% depending on service. I had no idea how much to tip my guide after the 2nd day and I let her tell me $US10) the usual which may or may not have been the average but I was happy with her service.
ST PETERSBURG : CANALS
St. Petersburg is interpersed by canals and rivers here and there.
To get to the other islands like the Petrograd side, the Vyborg side, etc... one needs to cross the Malaya Nevka and Bolshaya Nevka through a series of bridges.
Staying on the main side, one needs to pass by several such canals too. The more famous ones are Griboedova Canal and Fontanka Canal.
Shoosharry, a bit of Friends history
English Quaker Dan Wheeler (1771-1840) went to Russia in 1818 at the invitation of the Czar Alexander I to claim farmland from the swamps of St. Peterburg on the north side of the Neva River and introduced modern farm practices (early 1800s :).
And later the same at Shoosharry near Peterhof.
Nothing remains of the home at Shoosharry, but it is an interesting chapter in the life of one British family who lived a simple agricultural life and also had the ear of the Czar Alexander I who brought them to bring prosperity to some unuseable swamp lands. Later, Czar Nicholas I was not so close to the Wheeler project but it continued under his reign.
There is still a small gravesite near Peterhof that was given to Dan Wheeler and the Friends Church. His memoirs are a bit dense with religious tones, but his life and work are fascinating.
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