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Complete your War and Peace betrayal by streamer to St Petersburg

January 17th, 2016 by admin | Filed under Blog.

With a sizzling slices of bed-hopping and elegant intrigue, a BBC’s six-part Sunday night instrumentation of War And Peace is assisting to lift a Jan gloom.

But while Leo Tolstoy’s epic cocktail of battles, banquets and profanation is set during a Napoleonic Wars of a early 19th century, a Russia it portrays can still be seen in a 21st.

And a best place to follow in a illusory footsteps of a Bolkonskys and a Rostovs is St Petersburg… 

Splendour: The BBC array creates a star of a Catherine Palace, a poetic feast of a building, 15 miles south of a centre in Tsarskoye Selo

Splendour: The BBC array creates a star of a Catherine Palace, a poetic feast of a building, 15 miles south of a centre in Tsarskoye Selo

The TV version: Lily James and James Norton daunt in lead roles in the six-part Sunday instrumentation of War And Peace

The TV version: Lily James and James Norton daunt in lead roles in the six-part Sunday instrumentation of War And Peace

A LITTLE HISTORY: St Petersburg, where Tolstoy’s tale opens in 1805, was a energy bottom of Russia’s kingdom from 1703 (when it was founded by Peter a Great) to 1917 (the Russian Revolution).

And it is still congested with palaces and mansions.

GOOD TO KNOW: Russia is customarily expensive, though due to a diseased rouble — 106 to a bruise — it is now inexpensive to visit. 

St Petersburg is during a best in Jun and July, when temperatures strike a 20s and illumination lasts 20 hours. 

This is a deteriorate of a White Nights Festival — a collection of informative events, including opera, exemplary song and ballet.

THE WAR PEACE TRAIL: The BBC array creates a star of a Catherine Palace, a poetic feast of a building, 15 miles south of a centre in Tsarskoye Selo (eng.tzar.ru; £3.60). 

Its smashing categorical ballroom was used for a stage where Natasha Rostov (Lily James) is swirled around a building by a smouldering Prince Andrei (James Norton).

Back in a city, a Yusupov Palace (yusupov-palace.ru; £6.50) was home to a absolute Yusupovs. 

Opulent: In St Petersburg, a Yusupov Palace was used as a filming plcae for a home to a absolute Yusupovs in a story

Opulent: In St Petersburg, a Yusupov Palace was used as a filming plcae for a home to a absolute Yusupovs in a story

It witnessed a murder of barbarous stately confidant Grigori Rasputin in 1916.

The Hermitage, meanwhile, is arguably a world’s glorious gallery (hermitagemuseum.org; £5.50), and also facilities in a TV drama. 

Many of a masterpieces (including works by Rembrandt, Monet and Picasso) are displayed in a Winter Palace — a Tsar’s central chateau from 1732 to 1917.

Lavish: Dip into a 19th century during a fabulous, 5 star Grand Hotel Europe — that non-stop in 1875 and still clings to a magnificence of pre-Revolutionary Russia

Lavish: Dip into a 19th century during a fabulous, 5 star Grand Hotel Europe — that non-stop in 1875 and still clings to a magnificence of pre-Revolutionary Russia

Drama: With a sizzling slices of bed-hopping and elegant intrigue, War And Peace is assisting to lift a Jan gloom

Drama: With a sizzling slices of bed-hopping and elegant intrigue, War And Peace is assisting to lift a Jan gloom

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WHERE TO STAY: Dip into a 19th century during a fabulous, five-star Grand Hotel Europe — that non-stop in 1875 and still clings to a magnificence of pre-Revolutionary Russia (belmond.com, 0845 077 2222). 

Money no object? Slumber in a Romanov Suite — named in reverence to a final Russian majestic family.

Standard double bedrooms start during £108. The stylish, four-star Angleterre Hotel (angleterrehotel.com, 007 812 494 5666) is subsequent doorway to St Isaac’s Cathedral. Doubles from £59, room only.

OTHER SIGHTS: Take a wander along Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg’s gilded categorical avenue.

Pause during Great Gostiny Dvor (bgd.ru) — a wealthy arcade of shops that was founded in 1757. 

On a same street, a stately Kazan Cathedral (kazansky-spb.ru) is resolutely tied to Tolstoy’s tome. 

It was built between 1801 and 1811 — a duration in a book.

Mikhail Kutuzov — Russia’s troops commander in a onslaught with Napoleon — is buried inside. 

WHAT’S NEW? Novaya Gollandiya (New Holland; newhollandsp.ru) is an glorious new attainment — a former naval jail that has been revived as an al fresco area of sculptures, bars and eateries. 

Colourful: The Church of a Saviour is one of a categorical sights of St Petersburg with a monumental and confidant design

Colourful: The Church of a Saviour is one of a categorical sights of St Petersburg with a monumental and confidant design

Stars on screen: War and Peace facilities actor Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov (top left), Lily James as Natasha Rostova (centre) and James Norton as a smouldering Prince Andrei Bolkonsky

Stars on screen: War and Peace facilities actor Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov (top left), Lily James as Natasha Rostova (centre) and James Norton as a smouldering Prince Andrei Bolkonsky

WHERE TO EAT: Five-star Hotel Astoria (roccofortehotels.com, 007 812 494 5757) has played horde to everybody from Lenin to Madonna. 

Its Astoria Cafe serves an impracticable operation of caviars. 

Or try smart Mansarda (ginza-mansarda.ru) — a potion walled rooftop grill tighten to St Isaac’s that offers a tantalizing cocktail list, and beef stroganoff with crush for £8. 

HOW TO DO IT: Russia consultant Exeter International (exeterinternational.co.uk, 020 8996 5163) can organize tours of a backstage areas of a ancestral Mariinsky Theatre and a storerooms of a Hermitage — and sells three-night breaks during five-star Hotel Astoria from £1,395 pp.

The Ultimate Travel Company (theultimatetravelcompany.co.uk, 020 3553 0379) offers ‘St Petersburg: Treasures Of The Russian Tsars’, a five-day guided debate in a association of Tania Illingworth (née Tolstoy) — a descendent of a author. 

Two trips in Feb cost from £2,295 per conduct with flights.

DETAILS: Brits need a traveller visa, that takes 5 operative days to routine and costs £88.40. Apply during ru.vfsglobal.co.uk

For some-more on St Petersburg and Russia, go to eng.ispb.info and visitrussia.org.uk.

 

 

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