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St. Petersburg, RUSSIA!

Friday, April 29th, 2011
We are on the second leg of our Russia adventure and we all headed for St. Petersburg.  When we landed, we had a beautiful weather and began to notice startling differences from Moscow, its capital.  First, there was less traffic and second, the whole place seemed more colorful and less grey.  Also, the buildings seemed to be more preserved.  It was as if this was the Russia that was in my mind.  Just riding in the car from the airport, I already noticed charming buildings filled with art-deco decorations.
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I noticed how chic and  modern the airport in Moscow was.

I noticed how chic and modern the airport in Moscow was.

Love the lines!

Love the lines!

Our gang's Queen leading the pack!

Our gang's Queen leading the pack!

Our welcome sign when we landed in St. Petersburg.

Our welcome sign when we landed in St. Petersburg.

Aba!  They have a chill out lounge!  GALING!  LOL!  I think I am going to like St. Petersburg more.

Aba! They have a chill out lounge! GALING! LOL! I think I am going to like St. Petersburg more.

The view of the airport in St. Petersburg. So 70's!

The view of the airport in St. Petersburg. So 70's!

Black and white shot on the way to the city.

Black and white shot on the way to the city.

This is how Russia looks like in my mind. It reminded me of a super big Prague.

This is how Russia looks like in my mind. It reminded me of a super big Prague.

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We got to our hotel which was the Grand Hotel Europe.  This hotel is 135 years old and it had that beautiful charm intact. I felt like a kid again as I was exploring  around.  The hotel really felt old world but the service was top notch and they had new world facilities like fast internet and even a TV that would pop up from a console with a push of a button.  I was really so glad that we stayed there as you could really feel the elegance and splendor of years gone by.  Check out their website www.grandhoteleurope.com for more information.  I know there are more modern hotels in St. Petersburg but I think that staying here made my stay in Russia more memorable.
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Everywhere I look there was detail and design that kept me going oooh and aaah.

Everywhere I look there was detail and design that kept me going oooh and aaah.

 Tessa entering our hotel lobby.

Tessa entering our hotel lobby.

The lobby lounge.

The lobby lounge.

 The ball room which transforms into the breakfast place.

The ball room which transforms into the breakfast place.

Our cute bedroom.  That console is where the TV is hidden.

Our cute bedroom. That console is where the TV is hidden.

The bathroom looks so vintage but it actually works really well.

The bathroom looks so vintage but it actually works really well.

One of the reading rooms.  I love the various wood furniture.  That Piano is outstanding.

One of the reading rooms. I love the various wood furniture. That Piano is outstanding.

One lovely corner in the hotel.

One lovely corner in the hotel.

Check out the marble staircase.

Check out the marble staircase.

 The caviar room.

The caviar room.

The girls with the doorman.

The girls with the doorman.

Russian style embroidery.

Russian style embroidery.

The ornate detail in the awning of The Grand Hotel Europe.

The ornate detail in the awning of The Grand Hotel Europe.

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HUGS!
RAJO!