Friday was our last day in St Petersburg. Our flights were in the late afternoon so we had until about 3pm to explore a bit more of the city before we were transferred from our hotel. Neil, Michelle and Nicky decided to go to the Museum of the Political History of Russia. I was keen to visit the State Russian Museum – an extensive museum of Russian art, so we went our separate ways that morning and agreed to reconvene for lunch.
I was really looking forward to seeing the extensive Kandinsky collection but unfortunately those galleries were closed. Nevertheless I had quite had my fill or art for the morning.
It is now a bookshop with a rather lovely cafe upstairs (Cafe Singer) where we had lunch and then I partook of this nice apple pie.
We wandered back to our hotel after lunch and finished packing our suitcases. At 3pm we met our driver Dimitriy and he took us to the airport. I was on a flight back to London, whereas the others were heading to Stockholm, so we said our goodbyes just after passing through passport control. I really enjoyed travelling with Michelle, Nicky and Neil and we all agreed that having a good guide like Elena was crucial to getting the most out of a trip to St Petersburg. Having thought I would not want to go back to Russia after all the hassles with visa applications to go on this trip, I found myself thinking what else I might like to see in St Petersburg if I came again. I also began to wonder about what Moscow would be like…