RUSSIA DAY 3

I realised I never posted day three of my Russia trip in May. So here it is! We didn't do much, but I think it was my favourite day anyway. After checking out of the hotel in the morning we headed to the Hermitage Museum, where we spent a few hours. On our way to the harbour and our ferry we saw a little more of the town, but I decided to only show pictures from the Hermitage.
 
 
The Hermitage Museum really was an amazing place. There is so much to see it's almost impossible to do it, it would take years! Everything is so big, beautiful, detailed, just simply amazing. It's definitely a place where you can easily spend a whole day, and I wish we would have had more time there. 
 
 
We had a guide with us, so we just had to follow her around and listen to her tell us about the place. In the pictures above, you can see the Peacock Clock and one of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings. 
 
 
If you ever visit Saint Petersburg, definitely try to get the Hermitage into your schedule. You won't regret it, I promise. 

RUSSIA DAY 2

On Friday, our second day in Saint Petersburg, we saw quite a lot, and luckily we had a bus so we didn't have to walk as much as the day before. We started the day by going to a school, where there was a museum that had to do with our home town. We also got to see more of the school, the classrooms and some students, and know a little more about the school and the shool system in Russia. 
 
 
Afterwards we visited the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, and the Piskarevskoye Memorial Cemetery. The cemetery was definitely an interesting experience. It was so huge, and there was even music playing everywhere to "set the mood". 
 
 
We also went to the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Summer Garden, which we actually weren't supposed to go to at first. Before dinner we visited the Church of St. Panteleimon, but we weren't allowed to take pictures inside (and I forgot to take a picture from the outside).
 
 

RUSSIA DAY 1

A few students from my school had the chance to go to Russia for a few days last week, together with a group from another school. We took the ferry from Helsinki on Wednesday night and arrived the next morning in Saint Petersburg. 
 
That day we didn't really go see anything together, instead we had orienteering in smaller groups, so we walked a lot through the city searching for some places, and at the same time we obviously saw quite a lot of the town. At the end of the day we had dinner together at a Caucasian restaurant.