22 Apr St. Petersburg, Russia
After getting an amazing flight deal from AirfareWatchdog.com ($260 RT!) a few months ago, DJ and I finally headed off to our St. Petersburg, Russia trip on Tuesday. With a Paris layover behind us, we arrived in St. Petersburg with a good part of the afternoon left before us.
We decided to get a driver to pick us up at the airport, figuring we could pick his brain about the city better than a traditional cab driver. And so we got the sign with our names on it like you see in the movies. It’s the little things, right?
As our driver navigated the city traffic, he confirmed some of the places we had researched and gave us some new ideas as well…like Teremoc for a caviar blini.
DJ and I got checked into the Hotel Indigo, an IHG property. We have a great rewards program set up with the chain of hotels and it’s really seemed to pay off. We always get welcome gifts, room upgrades, high floors, and other free things (like complimentary minibar access).
We were harried and out of it, having only slept a few hours on the plane, so we were very thankful for the sweet girl who checked us in and helped us get our bearings in the city. To be honest, I’ve always heard that Russians were stoic and generally unfriendly but we have not experienced that at all. Everyone, even outside of the service industry, has been super open, friendly, and willing to help out.
We showered quickly, changed our well-worn clothing, and headed out to explore the city.
First, we took our driver’s recommendation and tried Teremoc for their bilinis. We thought they would be on the small side so we ordered three (one with red caviar; one with pork and muchrooms; and a sweet one with cottage cheese and peaches) thinking that it would make a good snack.
Those blinis are pretty large! And while I didn’t think I would like the cottage cheese and would like the caviar…the reality was the complete opposite. Apparently I am not a caviar fan, or at least not in that quantity. So at Teremoc you get a lot for your money and the food is good (definitely recommend the pork blini with mushrooms).
We walked for while and found the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood which claims to have more mosaics than any other church in the world (over 7500 meters!). Wewere only able to see it from the outside today, but we are going on a walking tour tomorrow where we will be able to walk around inside.
Oddly, we found a souvenir shop which sold all kinds of matrioschka dolls with American themes. Here’s one with our Tennesse Titans!
It’s getting late here so I’ll keep it short. Stay tuned for more pics as we travel around St. Petersburg!