This is a collection of 7 stories on the trip we did 06-16 April 2012, covering St Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Moscow. We flew Emirates from Kuala Lumpur, with a brief lay-over in Dubai, destination St Petersburg. From there, we flew to Tallinn by Estonian Air, where we also did a daytrip to Helsinki by Tallink Silja ferry. Then with Air Baltic to Riga and Vilnius. From Vilnius we re-entered Russia by travelling to Moscow with Aeroflot. We also used Aeroflot to return to St Petersburg to catch the Emirates flight back to Kuala Lumpur.
If you have just one day in Moscow, then the Red Square it is — St Basil’s Cathedral, Kremlin, Kazan Cathedral, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Not to mention the gorgeous Metro stations. April 2012.
Saint Petersburg, the city founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 in a mosquito-infested swamp, was the capital of the huge Russian Empire (1721-1917), only to be moved to Moscow by the Bolsheviks in 1918 (they also renamed the city ‘Leningrad’). It flourished to become one of Europe’s most elegant cities and the cultural centre for Russia. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg is now a Unesco World Heritage Site, and on a cold April weekend, we explored the town by foot. 07-08 April 2012.