A tour party at the Hermitage Museum

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Dear Irina, Thank you again for the two lovely days we spent with you in Saint Petersburg. We definetely learned a lot and I do want to come back. Thanks also for the book. Mauro will show it to the restorers of his company. Best regards from the party of Rio.

Irina, We are now back in DC. Just want write and thank you for the wonderful group you put together for us to see and learn about the Hermitage and all the other wounderful sites around St Petersburg. Our experiences certainly exceeded our expectations. Hope you are feeling better and are recovering from your cold.

My dear Elena, How can I start to thank you for your unique and very special contribution to that wonderful week. You were a superb guide and particularly good at furnishing us with backround information and insights into the changes in Russian life over the last 20 years, thus enabling us to gain a vignette into St Petersburg life that otherwise would have been lacking. Your endless good humour and fascinating stories as well as your profound love for and enthusiasm about your city were appreciated and enjoyed by all of us and your in-depth knowledge about St Petersburg and it's people was most impressive. So thank you, thank you – THANK YOU – I came away hugely enthused by the city and hope to return and if I do - I shall certainly be in touch!! With very best wishes indeed,

Hi Irina, I am back to work, and finally have some time to get back to you in order to thank you for all the efforts and organization on our trip. Everything ran very well, making the trip an unforgettable moment. I have already make an indication of your name for some friends that are travelling to Russia in September, and they will probably contact you using my name, looking for your services.

Appraisals and Valuations Department, Christies

Thank you so much for arranging such a wonderful visit for us, the problem is to remember everything. What an incredible city - I had no idea how amazing everything would be. We all enjoyed meeting you. We went back to the restaurant you took us to again for dinner, and really liked Irena who was very patient and an excellent guide. How lucky we were that my friend had your email address. With many thanks and warmest regards,

Thank you so much for the faultless preparations for the tours. It was just wonderful with no hiccups and both Elena and Julia were superb. I cannot conceive my tour without them! Everybody loves them and they speak so clearly and succinctly. All the menus were excellent. I have made some tiny comments on the Menu Sheet and given them to Antonia. For next year, same food again! Thank you so much for everything.

What a wonderful city St. Petersburg is: our visit exceeded our expectations in all respects. The palaces and their contents defy description and can only be fully appreciated when seen in their setting and I am so pleased I read the books by Robert Massie that you recommended. The food was excellent and in particular we enjoyed lunch at Café Uno and our evenings at the Stroganoff Steakhouse. The ballet was magical, again the setting is simply something to be experienced and Yevgenia Obraztsova danced Giselle beautifully. Sheelagh, in particular, was thrilled to experience a troika ride in the snow through the English Park with the Palace of Pavlovsk as a backdrop. Finally, I found the visit to the Memorial of the Defenders of Leningrad very poignant.

Notwithstanding all that, without superb guides so charming, entertaining and immensely knowledgeable, one could not have enjoyed and learnt as much and, of course, it is thanks to you and your local knowledge and personal feelings towards what is, essentially, your mother country. A wonderful trip and I will send you the pictures which will be a happy reminder for both Sheelagh and I of our five days in St. Petersburg. With very kind regards,

To let you know I had such a wonderful trip to St. Petersburg this February. It had been my dream for years to make this trip. To visit such a beautiful city is a pleasure in itself but to be shown the sights by Tania and her team was to give it a depth beyond one's wildest dreams. The hotel was spot-on, in a good location and the food excellent.

Elena and Julia were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their city that we could not help but fall in love with it also. Professor Alexei also added a huge dimension to our knowledge and made everything so interesting and added the element of fun.

Would you please pass on to 'your dream team' my heartfelt appreciation of their wonderful efforts to bring their unforgettable city to life for us all. An added thanks to Julia, who kindly returned to a restaurant and retrieved my hat. Above and beyond the call of duty and much appreciated. Thank you also for all your help so generously given.

I've been meaning to write to let you know how much everyone enjoyed your expertise during our time in St. Petersburg, so getting your message from LinkedIn came at a good time. We have many happy memories of St. Petersburg and really appreciated the programs you set up for us. Two of the people in our group want to return to St. Petersburg in the near future and they would certainly seek you out as a guide.

I hope you've been well and please give our best regards to your son who was very gracious when he took us around one afternoon. If I know of anyone going to St. Petersburg, I'll highly recommend that they get in touch with you.

On behalf of Joe, Jean, Brian, Pam, Tom and myself, I want to thank you for all you did to make our St. Petersburg experience so memorable. Your insights, knowledge, historical perspective and courtesy were exactly what were had hoped for in a guide. We are all keeping your name as a future reference. Many thanks.

We loved our stay in St. Petersburg and cannot thank you enough for all you did to make it so memorable. You did so much before we arrived, booking tickets, answering questions, arranging transport and making everything so easy for us. You are the most brilliant guides and when there is such much to see it makes the most enormous difference. We all felt very lucky to have you. You are so knowledgeable and you are so good at imparting that knowledge to us. I so enjoy how you explain the history and the art and architecture and in particular the paintings. What a very great treat it all was, thank you so much for all of it.

We were so lucky with the weather and it was a gorgeous time to be in St. Petersburg and to see the fountains at Peterhof, even though they had officially closed. Everywhere looked so beautiful in the lovely autumn light and the colours of the trees were stunning. We hope we will come back again in the future. With very best wishes and many thanks.

We have just returned home and Julie and I would like to thank you for making our visit to St. Petersburg so enjoyable. There is no doubt we learned far more with your help and encyclopedic knowledge than we could ever have experienced on a 'cruise' tour. Those who told us about them were all disappointed with both the time spent at the sights and the guide's brief explanations. I have passed your name to a fine art specialist who wishes to visit St. Petersburg and will also pass it on to my Travel Agent who already has some clients who are very interested for next year and may well find others. I cannot say strongly enough how much we enjoyed meeting you and we both intend to return - possibly in the New Year.

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