St Petersburg -- and White Nights !

Saint Petersburg Travel Blog

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Church of the Spilled Blood -- in h9nor of Alexander II, who emancipated the serfs in 1861, but was later assassinated on this spot.
St Petersburg represents the efforts of Peter the Great (early 18th century) to modernize and westernize Russia. The city feels very European, not just superficially. Almost every street boasts a block of building facades that would be perfectly at home in Paris or Vienna. Today’s Russians talk of Moscow as the commercial hub, but of St Petersburg as a beautiful city. They are right, but ... for us as tourists, it was in many ways more interesting to see more of the exotic (to us) Russian architecture in Moscow..

Anyway, St Petersburg is surely a pretty town, enhanced by the river and canals, and especially delightful now, during the season of White Nights. Our Monday arrival coincided with the Scarlet Sails festival, with music in public squares (although unreachable) and throngs of people strolling the streets along the riverbank all night long (we left after the fireworks, around 2:00AM).

We continue to spend much of our time under our umbrellas. The cold and rain dampened our visit to Peter’s summer palace and gardens, but had not held us back very much. Tuesday night the rain held off nicely during our canal boat ride -- we started at 10:30pm, hoping to see the buildings illuminated against the river and canals. By the time our ride ended (around midnight), the sky was still fairly light, and building lights had not yet been turned on.. White Nights, indeed  !

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Church of the Spilled Blood -- in …
Church of the Spilled Blood -- in…
One of many grand fountains at Pet…
One of many grand fountains at Pe…
Rain has been our near-constant co…
Rain has been our near-constant c…
The canal boat ride took us under …
The canal boat ride took us under…