Adam Sheehan of Flight Centre Indooroopilly recently journeyed through Russia, beginning in the icy cold, yet vibrantly energetic city of Saint Petersburg. Here he shares some of his discoveries with us.
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
My exploration of the world's largest country began in the old capital, Saint Petersburg, in Russia's north-west. Upon my arrival I was immediately taken in by the city's vibrancy and energy. Saint Petersburg is also home to some of the most impressive cathedrals and churches in the world, including The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Intricate mosaic designs in vibrant shades of green, red and gold cover its walls inside and out while the church's numerous domes protrude into the sky.
Warm up with pirozhki
While in Saint Petersburg I experienced many cold winter mornings. The trees had been stripped of all vegetation in preparation for the sub-zero months ahead. It would not be long before snow would blanket the city streets. Despite the less then favourable temperatures (I grew up in Brisbane after all!) the anticipation of what lay ahead in this magical city warmed me from the inside. The rather strong coffee and delicious pirozhki (a pastry stuffed with onion, mushrooms and rice) bought from a street vendor may have also helped.
Winter Palace and State Hermitage Museum
A guided tour of the Winter Palace and the State Hermitage Museum was one of the highlights of my trip. My enthusiastic tour guide Lev, made the experience more than just an educational one. He spoke of the past Russian Emperors who called the palace home and discussed the featured artworks by Picasso and Rembrandt while managing to keep things upbeat by throwing in a few jokes. The museum is actually one of the largest and oldest in the world and the architecture and ornately detailed rooms make it an exhibit in itself. I could have spent the next week exploring its labyrinth of corridors, but alas, I had a train to catch. Next stop, Moscow!
Interested in visiting Russia? With summer fast approaching now is the time to explore Russia and beyond. Contact Adam Sheehan, Store Manager with Flight Centre based in Indooroopilly, Queensland who can be reached at 07 3878 1700.