Text by EEva PuhakainEn photos by EEva PuhakainEn and iSTockPhoTo to passengers. On the way to the and dust is a different world. Versailles-worthy Peterhof Palace, Restaurant Runo (422A for example, one can see the city's Primorskoye shosse, +7(812) many faces, from delicate wooden 922-2220, www.runo.ru) St Peterburg villas to a nuclear power plant. offers relaxation in the Helsinki Best of all, the hour-long journey form of bossa nova, flutterRussia and Finl Tallinn f of through town by waterSweden can be ing white curtains and the Gul Estonia two hours shorter than by car. scent of shashlik delicacies Companies offering river cruises on the grill. From the restauinclude Astra Marine (+7 (812) 320rant there's a short walk to Ilya 0877) and Anglotourismo, which specialRepin's Memorial Estate (411 ises in tours in English (+7 (921) 989-4722, Primorskoye shosse, +7(812) 432-0834, anglotourismo.com). eng.nimrah.ru/musrepin). Until the Russian Revolution of 1917, Peterhof Palace was one of the royal family's primary sumBrEad and circuSES mer residences, and around it formed an entire In the evenings, sports fans will appreciate a mini-city populated by servants and soldiers. visit to Petrovsky Stadium, home of St In the courtyard of the palace is the Grand Petersburg's largest football team, Zenit. Cascade, made up of more than 60 fountains, that Season runs from March to November 28. leads to the Grand Palace. This day trip destination, Fans of more dexterous athletics can head to the crowded during the weekends, is at its most Bolshoi St Petersburg State Circus; its acrobats impressive from the spring to the late fall. seem to defy the limitations of nature, Visitors can pack a picnic basket and and the lions, elephants and bicyenjoy a meal on the grass as local cling bears are likely to both fasCulinarists can families do. For more information cinate and divide opinions. spend between a few on visiting Peterhof, call +7(812) Zenit: www.uefa.com > and a few hundred euros 450-5287. Teams & Players > Teams > at St Petersburg's restauZenit, tickets available at the rants; ask your hotel concierge chiLL ouT stadium. for recommendations and On cold days, a visit to one of St Bolshoi St Petersburg State avoid the tourist traps of Petersburg's numerous spa hotels Circus: www.circus.spb.ru, Nevski Prospect. comes recommended. During the tickets 3001500 rupies (about summer and early fall, travellers can also 838 euros), tel: +7(812) 570hop on a train at Finlandski station and head to 5390/+7(812) 570-5411). the famous sandy beaches of river Teri; these were riGhT immortalised by painter Ilya Repin (18441930). kuznechny market sells proOnly a half an hour from St Petersburg's noise duce from all over russia. Shashlik grilling at runo. Finland Visa-free cruises St. Peter Line offers cruises between Helsinki and St Petersburg that allow travellers to spend up to 72 hours in the city without a visa. An evening departure from Helsinki and a 9:00 am arrival allow for a full first day in St Petersburg. The ship departs back for Helsinki at 7:00 pm. Entertainment onboard includes a play room for children, several restaurants, a roster of musical performers and a flashy dance show (www.stpeterline.com). LEFT a cruise on the neva is the best way to get to know the layout of St Petersburg. October happenings: Boomfest, St Petersburg's fourth international comics festival, runs until Oct 17 (www.boomfest.ru). The St Petersburg Open brings top names of world tennis into the Peterbursky Sport and Concert Complex from October 2331. Past winners of the 15-year-old tournament include Andy Murray of Great Britain and Mario Ancic of Croatia. (www.spbopen.ru/eng). OCTOBER 2010 BLuE WinGS 17
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