St. Petersburg: Visit with Russian TV Travel Program (2)
As I mentioned in my last post, I was invited to take part in a Russian TV travel program titled ‘Там хорошо, где мы есть,’ which translates roughly as ”The Grass is Greener on Our Side.” The program focuses on travel mainly around Russia and is generally three days long.
In my previous post, I wrote about Day 1 and the morning of Day 2, when I visited the imperial summer palaces Peterhof and Tsarskoe Selo.
On the afternoon of Day 2, we took a hot air balloon ride across the suburbs of St. Petersburg, passing over Tsarskoe Selo and other historical buildings.
Good Weather, Rough Landing
The 45-minute ride was smooth for the first 44 minutes and 55 seconds, with the last five seconds a bit rough as we hit the ground hard. The view from the hot air balloon were spectacular, helped in great part by the good weather.
While there were a thick set of clouds in the sky at some points, the sun was able to break through at times, especially just as we were about to land, enabling me to capture one of my favorite shots of the year (above).
The air balloon approached a maximum hight of about 500 meters and flew for some time around 400 meters, making plenty of objects, like mothers with their baby carriages, visible. Than enabled me to capture some nice shots.
We flew over expensive homes as well as very basic dachas, or summer homes, which can be seen in the photo gallery below. The low flying altitude meant that the noise from the hot air discharge could be heard by dogs, leading to plenty of barking.
Overall, the ride was wonderful and I would highly recommend it as a way to see the wonderful landscape and interesting residences – both the imperial palaces as well as the typical dacha – of St. Petersburg region.
On day three, we visited a large, landscaped park, but we didn’t stay long as the snow came. We wrapped up the day by making borscht and trying Russian-styled donuts before heading back to Moscow on the 4-hour express train.
Again, here is the link to the 30-minute TV show. The video is the second from the top: http://www.ntv.ru/peredacha/Horosho_tam_gde_mi_est/m43260/o307256/
Photo Gallery of Hot Air Balloon Ride