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St Petersburg (Leningrad)
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Trying to rebuild
15 years ago
Maybe it was that I had a romantic view of the city, but it was sad to see so much of the city in need of repair. As an art lover I was looking forward to the Hermitage and very glad to have been in those famous halls, but it was very crowded (July). What has been repaired is the palaces, which while beautiful show both how some had it all and in their restorative show that more care and money have been put in bringing the tourists to the city than rebuilding the city itself. All in all it is a great place, but you have to go prepared to see a city trying to catch up.
16 years ago
I still call it Leningrad and since Lenin's name was in it, I had to go visit.
Compared to Moscow it looked more European.
Seeing the St Isaac's Cathedral was nice... it's supposed to be the biggest gold dome in the world. Also there are a lot of Palaces. What I was surprised (maybe a little disappointed) was that this city was far more heavily pre-revolution than any other parts of Russia I had visited. Not quite what I expected from a city previously known as Leningrad, ,but it did give me a sense of just what the revolutionaries had to fight against.
It is amazing that such power could be toppled by one lawyer with the popular backing of regular people.
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