Saint Petersburg

Most Finns wouldn’t like to remember their country is next to Russia given the checkered history between both countries. Between that and the obnoxious visa regime, a tiny number of them visit Russia especially compared to the amount of Russians visiting Finland. I have been before in both Saint Petersburg and Moscow, and we decided to meet some friends in the Venice of the North for a day now that there is no need for visa if you arrive by ferry and stay up to 72 hours in the city. It is therefore as easy as taking the boat from Helsinki to Stockholm or Tallinn, and the experience is not too dissimilar either. We will have to come back and stay longer later, but for the meantime some pics below and the rest in Flickr as usual.

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Live map of the Gulf of Finland.
Baltic Sea dusk
Dusk over the Baltic sea.

Sax in the Baltic night

Brass band welcome in St. Petersburg

Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Saint Isaac’s Cathedral.
The Hermitage
The Hermitage. Beautifully restored facade compared to my previous visit in 2001.
Singer Café in Nevski Prospekt
Singer Café in Nevski Prospekt.
Happy graffitti.
Cathedral of the Spilled blood
Cathedral of the Spilled blood.
Catering to American tourists
Matrioshkas catering to American tourists.
Russian fortifications in the Baltic Sea
Kronstadt, Russian fort in the Baltic Sea and former base of the Soviet Baltic fleet.
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2 thoughts on “Saint Petersburg”

  1. Por alguna extraña razón vine a dar a tu blog, soy mexicana, vivo en Guadalajara, pero he visitado europa varias veces y en particular me enamoré de los países nórdicos, estuve en Finlandia como 5 días y hasta la fecha añoro regresar.. Leer tu blog me trae muy buenos recuerdos y siempre me despierta la cosquillita de irme a vivir por allá.. Que bonitos lugares, que bonita sociedad, que buen nivel de vida.. Yo se, no es perfecto, pero a veces de lejos pareciera.. Prometo seguir leyendo tu blog con calma, gracias por compartir!


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