FUN-travel: St. Petersburg to Berlin

July 19, 2014 by  

Day 15 – Tuesday, July 15 – St. Petersburg to Berlin, Germany – blue skies w/some light clouds – high 70’s

St. Petersburg, Russia 2014 132

Catherine’s Palace

St. Petersburg, Russia 2014 77

Madonna & Child – Leonardo Da Vinci – Hermitage

What I LIKE

  • 1:30 – depart for airport
  • Ready to leave Russia
  • 1:50 – arrive
  • 2:45 – ticket counter check in
  • – no baggage Nazi’s
  • – don’t get hit for being over 23 kilos
  • 3:00 – lady can’t figure out price to charge for extra bag
  • – don’t get hit for $15 Euro
  • 3:10 – passport control
  • 3:20 – security screening – liquids no problem
  • 3:35 – arrive gate A21
  • – very long walk
  • 4:15 – board – plane not full
  • – move to exit row for legroom
  • 4:35 – take off (fairly on time)
  • 4:40 – on time landing
  • Get 2 hrs back
  • 2nd in line for customs & breeze thru
  • 5:25 – all bags make it
  • Airport info desk calls for free shuttle pick up
  • – Mercure hotel next to airport

St. Petersburg, Russia 2014 94

  • Staying here to get car in morning & drive to PolandKrakow, Poland 2014 60
  • Fast & free internet
  • Save 15% on food & drink if sign up for loyalty program
  • 7:10 – chef has special pasta menu
  • – highly recommend ordering from that
  • – all fresh made & very tasty
  • Triangle pasta w/cheese/pesto/sundried tomatoes & salmon salad w/pasta & tomatoes = $30 Euro Bordeaux $37.50 Euro
  • 10:00 pm – tired!

What I DON’T LIKE

  • Have to go thru security just to enter airport
  • Check in doesn’t start until 2:20
  • Had to prepay extra bag fee 48 hrs prior
  • Costs $70 Euro + $15
  • 2:45 – can’t pay @ check in counter
  • – have to go to another counter – then come back with receipt
  • No jet way again & hot bus jammed full – on both ends!
  • Bags take forever
  • Need a Euro to get trolley for bags
  • Have to walk to Terminal A to get shuttle
  • Inadvertently made reservation for 1 person
  • – they charged $20 Euro more for 2nd person
  • Room has one pillow, one duvet & 1 towel
  • – REALLY! have never seen such a thing
  • 2 bottles of wine not available – finally order the Bordeaux
Moscow, Russia 2014 99

The Kremlin

Not so FUN-fact – The Mercure is a transit hotel and overpriced in our opinion. They claim 4 stars – no amenities to speak of. Free coffee is from 5 to 6 in the morning. Machine cappuccino is $3 Euro

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