I had no expectations of St Petersburg, Russia other than my lifelong desire to visit the Hermitage. After only four short days I can honestly say that I was in no way ready to leave. We had taken the historic Red Arrow train at midnight from Leningradskaya Station in Moscow and arrived at 0800, a little sleep deprived but ready to explore our new surroundings. We walked to our hotel, arriving about 0820 and were shown world class hospitality from the staff at the Crown Plaza Ligovsky. Not only did they make a room available to us at that early hour, but an upgraded room. We unpacked and enjoyed the Nespresso coffee, the view and the comfort of our surroundings.

disembarking from the Red Arrow in St Petersburg

Out to Nevsky Prospect and we’re St Petersburgers, enjoying the crowds of young people and the first class dining, shopping and architectural delights of that beautiful city. Every restaurant we walked into was like a jewel for us discover with excellently prepared food. Reasonable prices for everything made us want to eat and drink too much.

Hermitage grand staircase

We visited the Hermitage on our second full day in St Petersburg and were not disappointed. For me it wasn’t the art treasures but the Winter Palace itself. I had read endlessly over several decades about the beauty of the palace and it lived up to my imagination. Afterwards, Carl left me to go and visit his one true love, Impressionist Art which was housed across the square. All his favorites were there, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Cezanne…

That evening we went to Mama Na Dache and dined for several hours in their elegant relaxed restaurant (our second visit).

Our last night we attended the Swan Lake ballet at the Hermitage Theater, it was excellent. Afterwards we walked home, down Nevsky Prospect one more time, but I hope it won’t be the last.

pre-ballet dinner at L Bric in St Petersburg

3 Replies to “St. Petersburg”

  1. How exciting! I’ve always been fascinated with St. Petersburg after seeing a film (heh) on it in Jr High. I’m glad y’all found it to be so nice!
    We are leaving for Paris & London on Thursday, so we’ll be on the same continent for a bit! 🙂
    Safe travels!

      1. Hey Annie and Ray – wishing you the best for your trip to France. Can’t wait to drink some wine and compare notes when we all get back home. Bon voyage!!

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