From St.Petersburg with love

If Kazan is considered to be the 3rd capital of Russia,so what about St.Petersburg? Right! It is our second capital. I fell in love with this amazing city when I was a little girl. A lot of years passed. My love is still growing… Though I have been to Russian Venece so many times (that I even can’t count) this October Lessontime decided to visit and enjoy it once more. Well,this is how we spent time there.

Day 1. (Sunday)

Today our trip starts. We usually travelled to this city by train or bus, this time we decided to try a plane. Let’s go! We took the morning flight so we could come early and start our walk. Our flight was on time and even 15 min earlier so it made us happy. We didn’t take a taxi,we took a bus as it’s cheap-only 40 roubles to get to the metro station. Then we went by metro to one local market of old things in Udelnaya station where we enjoyed a lot of retro objects and bought some badges and a pin as presents. After it Lessontime had some lunch and went to our apart-hotel. You know,we liked it-it’s modern and cool😁 In the afternoon we went to Kuntskamera where we saw a great number of historical objects and Peter’s collection. In the evening after dinner we had a wonderful walk along Nevskiy Prospect and enjoyed the evening city. We even had a chance to listen to some street concerts as there were no tickets to Serebro. That was the end of our first day. Looking forward to the next one!

Petropavlovskaya fortress
Ethnographic Museum

Day 2. (Monday)

After a good breakfast we went to one Art shop to buy some paints and other things for painting. Today the weather was not so good,it was rainy and windy,but we didn’t mind it. In the afternoon we tried to find Lennon Street (Pushkinskaya,10),it took us a lot of time but in the end we succeeded. We could see the picture of Yellow Submarine and the Beatles wall where people come and remember their songs. There we found bookcrossing point and chose a book to read. After bathing in the rain and getting wet we reached the central book shop in Nevskiy Prospect to buy different souvenirs such as calendars, magnets and what not. We also desired to find red phone booth like in London but after an hour of attempts we gave up and started to look for a metro station. In the evening we watched the funniest comedy we’ve ever seen in the Theatre of Comedy. So we laughed to tears and had a good time. That’s how we finished the second day of our stay in this amazing city.

Theatre of Comedy
Lennon Street

Day 3. (Tuesday)

Today the weather was so nice and sunny that we started our day with walk about the city. We met sparrows bathing in the paddle in one park. This day we decided to go to the Hermitage,so we bought our tickets beforehand on the site not to stand in a long queue. It was not easy to study Art as our legs ached after several days. Though we managed to see the best pictures and objects of Art. After 2 hours we gave up and left it. After having our lunch we went to the book shop and chose 2 books on phsycology-one is by Labkovskiy-I remember it well as I wished to read it for a long time. We even had time to get into Kazan Cathedral and enjoyed its beauty inside. How to get warm? Of course, tea and tasty buns and cakes in Bulochnay number 60,it was unforgettable☺ In the evening we had a performance “Edip in the Column” at Bolshoy Drama Theatre by Andrew Konchalovskiy with Julia Vysotskaya and Nickolay Nosov in main parts. So believe it or not-we had a nice time! Good night,St.Petersburg! Sleep well!

Kazan cathedral
Hermitage

Day 4. (Wednesday)

Today early in the morning at 6 a.m. we got up to have one-day bus excursion to Karelia. It was difficult to get to the point as the road was curling and we felt not so good. On our way first we stopped in Priozersk to study an old fortress Korela. After lunch we enjoyed wonderful waterfalls Ahvenkoski and walked a special route around them. It was unforgettable! The main place of our trip was the Mountain Park Ruskeala with a grand marble canyon and a nice lake. It’s worth visiting and walking its paths for several hours. We’d like to come back to these places once more! Tired but impressed we returned to our apart-hotel late.

Park Ruskeala
Park Ruskeala

Day 5. (Thursday)

The sun is shining brightly today,it’s a perfect day to have a walk, but it’s high time to come back. After enjoying this day in Nevskiy Prospect we go by metro to take a bus to the airport. Thank you St.Petersburg for our short but enjoyable holidays!💓 I hope we’ll see you again and again.

Pak in center
St. Isaac’s Cathedral

Hope, you adore St.Petersburg like we do. If you’ve never been here, be sure to do it as soon as possible!!!

Yours,
Lessontime

From Kazan with love

This September Lessontime visited Kazan. It is thought to be the 3rd capital of Russia (after Moscow and St.Petersburg). You know, this place is really amazing.

To feel history and learn

The first place to visit here is the Kremlin. There is a great number of different museums such as National Art Gallery, Islamic Culture Museum, Natural History Museum of Tatarstan and many others on its territory. It’s for you to choose where to go. Walking here you can enjoy amazing views of one of the most famous mosques named Kul Sharif (you can even come inside) and Annunciation Cathedral. After it don’t forget to go to National Museum as it’s situated not far from this place.

Monument to M. Dzhahil
The city vieew from Kazan Kremlin

To walk and watch

In the evening it’s a good idea to walk along the main street called Baumana Street. It’s like Arbat Street in Moscow. Here you’ll see a monument to a big Kazan Cat,a famous symbol of the city, a copy of the big state coach belonged to Catherine II, a large town clock, a monument to Shalyapin and what not. Go shopping to a famous centre «Koltso» and have coffee in a local cafe.

To have fun

If you travel with children, visit different parks. There are wonderful fountains, monuments, flowerbeds and sculptures there. Be sure to have a ride on a big wheel in the park «Kyrlay» and you’ll enjoy the city view from the birdsight. Buy some tasty ice-cream to your kid! If you like to watch animals and laugh, you can buy a ticket to a local circus.

A big wheel in the park «Karlai»
The Palace of Farmers

To have a meal and feel good

If you are hungry,do not hurry to McDonalds,choose some local cafe or a restaurant with traditional food. You can also buy home-made food in supermarkets «Bahetle». Kazan is famous for various pies with meat, fish, apples, lemon,etc. So you can’t lose your weight! Have you ever tasted chak-chak? No? Then do it!

Graffiti in Baumana st.
Graffiti in Baumana st.

Feel free and relax

Everyone here speaks and understands Russian so you won’t get lost and can feel yourself at home. You also don’t need to change money and worry a lot. There are a lot of maps and information centres where you can get all the necessary information about the city.

Mosque Al — Marjani
Monument to F. Shalyapin

Interesting to know

The city has a good transport system, so you can get on a bus. They are all public (not private!) and all bus stops are provided with electronic timetables. One can go by metro from one place to another. Some people prefer trams. No matter what you choose it will make your trip unforgettable.

Metro station «Kremlevskaya»
Graffiti on the bridge over the river Bulak

P.S. Travel, communicate, meet new people and see interesting places!