Day 2: Sunday
We had a good nights rest, although it didn’t get dark. The sun sets around 1am and rises again at 2am. After applying a couple of plasters to our already blistered feet we hit the road to Peter and Paul Fortress for the day.
On our way to the fortress we came across a guy with a little bear cub! We got to touch and pet the baby bear named Lubaba. It was so cute and I actually got to touch a real bear cub!!!
The Fortress dates from the founding of St Petersburg in 1703. From around 1720, the fort served as a base for the city garrison and also as a prison for high ranking or political prisoners.
It was weekend so the place was teeming with people and tourist groups- we couldn’t even enter the Cathedral as it was too crowded with huge tourist groups. The Cathedral is the burial place of all Russian Tsars from Peter I to Alexander III, with the exception of Peter II.
So we just walked around the Fortress, we got to walk on the wall surrounding it and back along the beach that was covered in people sun bathing.
We decided to spoil ourselves with a lovely dinner at a special place each evening so during the day we settled for hot-dogs as our lunch. All over the city there are hot-dog carts-“Stardogs” and the hot-dogs are quite filling and cheap.
We headed back up Nevskiy Prospect and found a fabulous steak house named Liverpool!! The atmosphere inside was great and they had the best chocolate pudding. Warm chocolate cake with melted chocolate inside!!