We've been reading the forum for a while now because We're planning a trip to St. Petersburg in July.
We're not very fond of tour guides and thought we'd buy the flights, book the hotel all separate and walk around on our own.
My questions are:
a) How easy is it to get to the main attractions using public transportation?
b) Can we get around with English or is it not welcome?
c) Is it probable that we'll pay more than locals in restaurants just because we don't speak the language? Any bad experiences?
d) Is it safe to walk around at night to photograph?
e) How anal are the Consulates concerning visas?
I'd be really grateful if you could answer at least some of the questions.
Thanks a lot