There are many modes of public transport – trams, buses, trolley buses and K(followed by a No. to designate the route)small buses. The first three stop at every marked Stop but the K ( privately owned) have to be hailed and to alight, one must stand and convey that to the driver (not so easy when one only speaks English). The bus stop is marked with an “A”: the Tram has a sign on overhead wires, AND, of course, one must know the direction of destination in order to board from the correct side of the road.
If wanting to watch for a recognisable landmark on a day of pouring rain, the windows are wet outside and totally fogged on the inside.
The Travel Card is one of the “joys” as it just has to be scanned on entry to any form of transport.
AND THEN THERE IS THE METRO, but more about that later.
Today we were on the nearest Metro Station to our Hotel at 11:30 (having caught a tram 2 stops) in order to meet Kelvin and Roslyn who live one station further on the Green Line.
The four of us went to visit The State Memorial Museum of Defense and Siege of Leningrad, not previously visited by the Nicolles. It was a very sobering experience. I was thankful for the small cards with English.
The latter part of the afternoon was a Tour of Metro Stations with Kelvin as Guide. The stations are amazingly clean considering the numbers who travel every day and we were there to look at decoration and artwork. Trains come on each line at 4 minute intervals and stop for 20 seconds, with the intervals going to 2 minutes at peak times. An extremely efficient service and much quicker when traffic is heavy.