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Old 01-10-2015, 04:56 AM
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Im planning to spend two weeks in that part of the world.I know a bit about Moscow already.I've done a good a bit of reading about it.I've already decided what hotels i want to stay in but sure any advice from any of the well traveled people on here can do no harm!Both these cities seem to be nice enough it's just a shame about the archaic homopohobic laws over there.But i have very personal reasons for visiting Russia and this is something that i just have to do.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:12 AM
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They were recently voted the first and third most unfriendly cities in the world!

I can be of no help, but they are both places that I would love to see so will you throw up a post on how you got on when you return please?
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:14 AM
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:25 AM
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:38 AM
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Im planning to spend two weeks in that part of the world.I know a bit about Moscow already.I've done a good a bit of reading about it.I've already decided what hotels i want to stay in but sure any advice from any of the well traveled people on here can do no harm!Both these cities seem to be nice enough it's just a shame about the archaic homopohobic laws over there.But i have very personal reasons for visiting Russia and this is something that i just have to do.
I've never been but it's a huge country and they speak Russian. Hope this helps and best of luck with the trip.
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Old 01-10-2015, 03:33 PM
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I've been to both and while I can agree that people in Moscow are not exactly the nicest around, people in St Petersburg are definitely much, much friendlier and I'm still in touch with some of the people I've met there.
Try to hop on the Northern Line during rush hour in London and see how it compares

I've never felt in danger, even when I went out at night with my camera.

There are plenty of free tours in both cities, google is your friend.

In St Petersburg don't miss Peterhof park and Catherine's palace in Pushkin.
If you plan to visit the Hermitage buy tickets online to skip the queues. 2 days ticket is recommended, the place is huge and well worth the visit.
In Moscow I liked Kolomenskoye and Novodevicy.

Keep in mind that almost nobody speaks English. In St Petersburg the subway stations are bilingual, but not in Moscow.
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Old 01-10-2015, 10:56 PM
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I've been to both and while I can agree that people in Moscow are not exactly the nicest around, people in St Petersburg are definitely much, much friendlier and I'm still in touch with some of the people I've met there.
Try to hop on the Northern Line during rush hour in London and see how it compares

I've never felt in danger, even when I went out at night with my camera.

There are plenty of free tours in both cities, google is your friend.

In St Petersburg don't miss Peterhof park and Catherine's palace in Pushkin.
If you plan to visit the Hermitage buy tickets online to skip the queues. 2 days ticket is recommended, the place is huge and well worth the visit.
In Moscow I liked Kolomenskoye and Novodevicy.

Keep in mind that almost nobody speaks English. In St Petersburg the subway stations are bilingual, but not in Moscow.
Thanks for that and apparently Moscow is safe enough for what is the largest city in Europe.Im thinking now to just use St Petersburg as my main base.I doubt that the traffic there would be as bad as Moscows either!
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:49 AM
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Thanks for that and apparently Moscow is safe enough for what is the largest city in Europe.Im thinking now to just use St Petersburg as my main base.I doubt that the traffic there would be as bad as Moscows either!
youghallY, I am too busy now but Ill do you something on this later

All joking aside, I'm not sure either are the place for you.
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:26 AM
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Thanks for that and apparently Moscow is safe enough for what is the largest city in Europe.Im thinking now to just use St Petersburg as my main base.I doubt that the traffic there would be as bad as Moscows either!
if you're going for 2 weeks, I'd suggest to spend 6 days in Moscow and the rest in SP.
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Old 03-10-2015, 01:06 PM
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Moscow is a strange spot. A bit dodgy. But well worth a visit. Did all the tourist stuff. Then spent a couple of days just hopping on the metro and jumping off and doing a bit of exploring.

St Petersburg is beautiful. Totally agree on Hermitage. Such an amazing building.
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