Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report London - Lakes - Hadrian - Traquair and more...
  2. 2 Berlin and chocolate lovers
  3. 3 First time Germany Frankfurt to Munich 2 weeks
  4. 4 Eagle's Nest weather, Germany
  5. 5 Will July 23 Become England's Independence Day?
  6. 6 Any details on the explosions at the Istanbul Airport?
  7. 7 Dolomites October 14-18
  8. 8 Day in Dublin with Private Guide
  9. 9 Charles Degaulle question
  10. 10 8 days in Madrid/Sevilla/Granada
  11. 11 Norway Itinerary
  12. 12 Edinburgh to Bath - what is best option? train or plane
  13. 13 Pompeii luggage storage
  14. 14 Departure Tax in UK
  15. 15 Family of 4 in a couchette from Venice
  16. 16 FCO connection time
  17. 17 Tuscany Region - Public Transportation or Rental Car?
  18. 18 Train Help
  19. 19 First time in Italy
  20. 20 Train rides
  21. 21 Is a canal pass and museum entry worth buying ahead of visit?
  22. 22 Bel Canto restaurant, Paris
  23. 23 Cancelling apartment in PARIS
  24. 24 One week in & near Marseille
  25. 25 Need Ireland Itinerary Help
View next 25 » Back to the top

What would you have done had you been in my situation

Jump to last reply

Last week I visited the Hermitage art museum in St. Petersburg as [part of a group from a cruise ship. None of us had a Russian visa because as long as we toured as a group under the supervision of a licensed guide, we did not need one.

Once we had cleared passport control at the pier, we were taken by a tour bus to the museum where we were checked in.

Because of declines in my physical health I no longer walk very fast and I use a walking cane for support. The guide for our tour fgroup felt like I would not be able to walk fast enough to keep up with the group. She therefore told me to ride in a wheelchair.

After the guide issued her wheelchair directive, someone in authority at the museum told me I had to surrender my passport. At that I balked. I offered a cash deposit, but the staff of the Hermitage refused my counter offer. Basically the situation was surrender your passport or you don't get the wheelchair. Touring the museum in any other way was not an option.

Our guide finally worked out a deal, and off I went on a whirlwind journey of the Hermitage being pushed like a total invalid.

Here is my question to the members of this forum: Under the circumstances I have described, would you have surrendered your passport to the Russians?

48 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement