Monument for Chijik Pyjik is one of most little monuments in the world. It is 11 cm height. It is located at Fontanka, near former Imperial school of jurisprudence. Students weared yellow-green uniforms, for what they were named Chijik Pyjik. Popular belief about bronze Chijik Pyjik. If you flip a coin and your coin hit on base, it brings happiness and your dreams come true.
Visit an Hermitage.
Hermitage is a museum of fine arts, located in the Winter Palace (I just talkd about it in a previous tip). If you like fine arts, it is the first place you should visit in St. Petersburg. On the picture I am standing on the Palace Square with Hermitage in a background
High heels in museums
Women are not allowed to wear high heel shoes in some museums, especially in Hermitage. These destroy the floor material and create quite a noise with the echo of big exhibitions halls. Those with high heels are enabled a kind of shoe cover.
Unknown ATONs seen leaving St. Petersburg
Visiting Russia by private boat is not a simple matter. Most of the traffic is commercial, government (as in Navy) or by cruise ship.
We didn't see when the ship came in to port because it was quite early. When we left port it was during dinner (photo 3). After dinner, I went out on deck and took pictures of various aids to navigation (lighthouses etc. until I got too cold to stay out there (about 2000).
If you should want to go by private yacht, I obtained this information from a sailor's blog.
Vladimir Ivankiev on Jimmy Cornell's website, www.noonsite.com is a Freelance Yachting Consultant and Tour Manager. He is also the Russian Representative of the British Cruising Association, The Royal Cruising Club, The Swedish Cruising Club and the Ocean Cruising Club Port Officer in St. Petersburg. In addition to taking care of all the red tape, visas, financing, berth reservations, etc., he is also a great guide, having a solid knowledge of the country's history.
There are strict rules as to how to enter Russian waters. From Haapasaari, it is a 106- mile overnighter to the Russian check-in point at Krohnstadt. To get there, you have to follow well-defined shipping lanes heavily trafficked with freighters, ferries and cruise ships. We contacted Vladimir via SMS 15 miles out of Kronstadt and stayed in touch with him until we arrived at the customs dock in St. Petersburg where he met us and cleared us through customs. It only took an hour. Without his help, it might have taken days! The Russian authorities are not really set up for pleasure boats. Their main interest is in cruise ships. Private yachts are neglected if there is better business at hand. Therefore, Vladimir's assistance is invaluable.
The predominant winds in the Gulf of Finland are from the west. Most of the Gulf is also quite shallow (15-20 metres) so the waves tend to be steep and uncomfortable. So it is important to allow plenty of time for the right weather window when heading back into the Baltic again. Once you leave St. Petersburg, your visa expires and you are not allowed to return again. Not even if the weather turns bad. If you don't have your own boat, about the best you can do is a River Cruise: St. Petersburg - Moscow, Ship Nizhniy Novgorod. I have not done this cruise so cannot vouch for it.
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Season: July - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1932 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3428 US Dollar (USD)
Peterhof's "Imperial Era" entertainment
These gentelmen were risking tooth and lip playing brass musical insturments in freezing tempatures but their music was well worth a generous tip of several USD apiece!
Эти gentelmen рисковали зубом и губой, играя медный музыкальный insturments в замораживании tempatures, но их музыка хорошо стоила щедрый наконечник нескольких USD за каждый