Unfortunately I did not receive a window seat and as the flight had a good load (approx. 90%) I could not change the seat once aboard. On the good side, the seat next to me was empty so the flight was really comfortable for me. With more than 30 minutes delay we departed and I was reading a book during most time of the flight. We also received a warm meal, pasta with tomato sauce, bread with butter, a chocolate bar and a mineral water. Additional drinks (tomato juice for me) were served and after the meal a second drink was offered (i had coffee). During the flight immigration forms were distributed. Landing in Saint-Petersburg was rather rough but I like it this way.
Immigration with no problems as usual...my girlfriend waited for me at Pulkovo airport and we went by public transportation to her apartment. The apartment is located in the city of Saint-Petersburg but with bad traffic it can take good 2 hours to reach it!
This time we mainly stayed in the city but also decided to visit Tsarskoe Selo in a town called Pushkin. Tsarskoe Selo is a palace of a Tsar and looks as following:
My girlfriend and I
Some more images from this place:
After visiting this very nice place we headed back to Saint-Petersburg Vitebski station by train:
After some perfect days it was time to fly back to Basel on October 29. Traffic in the morning was horrible again but after taking several minibusses, the metro and the public bus from Moskovskaya, I arrived on time at Pulkovo terminal 2. In Russia security is strict, you usually need to go through a security if you enter the airport building, then show passport and fligh ticjet and go throuigh another security check. Then you reach check-in (only for passengers with a ticket) and after you go throgh passport control. After the check I went for a beer at the bar which was tasty...the local brand there is called Baltika and is available in a lot of variants. Also now think that in Russia (or at least in Saint-Petersburg) beer is more popular than to drink vodka. If you want to do something good for your health, just change from vodka to beer
. Pulkovo 2 is not really big but it is really ok with restaurants, shops and all services you need. My flight was called and we went through another security check, this time with taking off pullover, shoes, belts, watch etc. However our flight had a smaller technical problem so we waited another 30 minutes until we entered the plane. Our plane will be D-AIQH, an A-320. My 20th flight on the A-320 and the 28th flight on Lufthansa.
Nice stuff standing around in Pulkovo:
Again a packed flight, it was completely full as usual to Frankfurt.
Passing Pulkovo 1 terminal:
Overflying Pulkovo 2 terminal, bye bye Saint-Petersburg, see you soon!
Still over Russia, turning towards the Baltic sea:
Cruising in 11000 meters towards Riga, Latvia.
A nice meal was served, again pasta with carrots and broccoli, served with Russian bread, a Russian chocolate bar and drinks. I had a tomato juice and a coffee. Later more drinks were served.
After 2 hours and 25 minutes we are on approach to Frankfurt Main airport:
Crossing the Autobahn:
Lufthansa must have a larger operation in Frankfurt
This time I needed not to hurry as I had a good hour until my flight to Basel. I needed to make a phone call and wrote a few sms and then it was already time to board the next flight. When I booked my flight I saw that this flight will be operated by a Cirrus Airlines Embraer-170.
I was quite happy to see something new on this route! A bus brought us to D-ALIE.
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Unfortunately it was getting dark already.
The Erj-170 is a nice aircraft, it smelled really new and of course was in good condition. The Cirrus flight attendands were very nice but were in a hurry to serve the drink to all passengers of this almost full flight as flying time was only 30 minutes.
I had another coffee and saw the city of Strasbourg passing by under us, approach this time over Mulhouse and landing on runway 16. My bag arrived very fast and I was on the way home.
All in all another good trip on Lufthansa. In comparison to an earlier trip this year they completely were meeting my expectations and they are again on my list for a later trip to Saint-Petersburg later this year.
Dear reader, I hope you enjoyed to see and hear about my trips and I am looking forward to hear your comments!
[Edited 2007-10-30 08:10:59]