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November 11, 2003

Saint Petersburg (3)

The day after, we took the train to Pushkin in order to see the reconstructed amber room in the catherine palace. Around this palace also were nice little buildings to see... It is impressing, what the emperors did in order not to get bored. There is even a little village in chinese style.
After we came back to St. Petersburg we had dinner in a place, where they unfortunately ran out of the original Russian Bortsch soup that I wanted to try.
The next day, I mainly shopped for souvenirs (CDs, DVDs, amber and vodka). After all I safely returned to Salzburg.

Posted by Martin Herfurt at 06:15 PM

November 09, 2003

Saint Petersburg (2)

Today, we did mainly sightseeing in Saint Petersburg.
For this reason, we had a personal city-guide. Swetlana our nice russian tour-guide first went with us to the Russian Museum.
After seeing this impressive art-collection, we went to see the Church on Spilled Blood, which was built for memorial of the murder of Alexander Nevsky. In this church, the part of the pavement, where Alexander Nevsky was killed on is kept. The church itself is a monument of wealth and garishness.

Before proceeding with the cultural program, we went to eat some veal shashlik, which was prepared for us over open fire.

After enjoying this russian specialty, we visited the Hermitage. About three million astonishing exhibits are presented in more than 300 different rooms, there. For seriously visiting the Hermitage, an interested tourist should at least plan several days :). We did the quick tour, which took us about four hours...

To round up todays tour, we visited the Saint Isaac's Cathedral, which is also impressing by size and precious interior.

Since it was Saturday and we wanted to enjoy the russian way of life, we went out into a bar and drank vodka and beer. This was not a good idea, though. I hardly remembered how I got home this night ;)

Posted by Martin Herfurt at 03:40 AM

November 07, 2003

Saint Petersburg

On November the 7th 2003, I arrived in Saint Ptersburg coming from Frankfurt Airport. The flight from Frankfurt took about two and a half hour.

After being brought to the city of Petersburg, Matthias and me went to see the Peter and Paul Fortress. Within the walls of this fortress, many smaller museums are located. Among these museums, there is also the museum of russian space cosmonautics. From the walls of this fortress, we enjoyed the great view on the center of the city of Saint Petersburg. After doing so, we went to a little restaurant, which is located in the part of this fortress, where prisoners were kept.

After having a Baltica No. 7 beer, we went home to drink from the Punsch that I brought from Salzburg as a souvenir.

Posted by Martin Herfurt at 04:15 PM

November 06, 2003

i2b Event in Salzburg

Yesterday was the i2b (ideas to business) event that was intended to encourage people with good ideas to become entrepreneurs.

Also this event was hosted in the Red-Bull Hangar-7 at the Salzburg Airport. As you remember, there was another event there. (see here)

Andreas Meilinger was telling the audience about the role of Salzburg Research as a business consultant and the finding of innovative ideas.

All in all this was a nice occasion to meet very interesting people from Salzburg
State.

Tomorrow in the morning (really early) I am again at the Salzburg Airport in order to visit Matthias in St. Petersburg (Russia). As a reader of this blog, you get to know about the details ;)

Posted by Martin Herfurt at 05:44 PM