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Anichkov Bridge St Petersburg
St Petersburg, Russia Bridges

St. Petersburg is sometimes called the ‘Venice of the North’ for all its canals. But canals would be a great inconvenience without bridges to walk across them. Luckily this city of 101 islands has over 500, and many are stunning. The first bridge ever built there was erected in 1703, the year of St. Petersburg’s […]

St. Petersburg - Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood
St Petersburg, Venice of the North

St. Petersburg is a fascinating mixture of old-style Russia and Gilded Age Europe. Tsar Peter decided to move to the capital and founded a city in 1703 devoted to culture and science. Along the banks of the River Neva, he started an effort that continued for two hundred years. For generations, artists and engineers from […]

Singer House on Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg
St Petersburg, Russia: Shopping and Food

St. Petersburg is sometimes called the ‘Venice of the North’ because of its many canals. It could with equal justice be called the ‘New York of the North’ because of the shopping and eating options available. Anyone interested in the shopping experience in St. Petersburg will naturally gravitate first to Nevsky Prospekt. Along this boulevard […]

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