The Shlisselburg fortress  in Russia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

I look at these relics from the past and wonder what they’ve been witness to over the years: from horses and buggies, to buses and cars. From trilbies and fedoras, to baseball caps and beanies. They’ve survived decades of sun, wind, rain, storms, and even floods. I love how the typefaces evoke different eras in time, a reminder that there’s beauty to be found in … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

Russia Winter

Weekly photo challenge: Transformation through Seasons

It is true that Nature is notoriously inconstant and often comes to mind when I hear the word transformation. The transformation of Nature through the seasons in Russia is marked quite drastically and each has its own magic. Seasonal change is, on the surface, marked by loss: the fall of spent flower blossoms in summer, the loss of leaves from trees in autumn, the final … Continue reading Weekly photo challenge: Transformation through Seasons

Exploring Pavlovsk park during Saint Peterburg’s “White Nights”

Day 5: Wednesday Pavlovsk is an 18th century park and palace ensemble located 30 kilometers south from St. Petersburg. Catherine the Great gifted the estate to Paul 1 in 1777. It is one of the largest landscaped parks not only in Russia, but also in Europe. We took the train out to the park early in the morning and spent a couple of hours walking … Continue reading Exploring Pavlovsk park during Saint Peterburg’s “White Nights”

The Shlisselburg fortress  in Russia

The Ruins of Shlisselburg Fortress

Day 4: Tuesday Sometimes you have to go off the beaten track to find small treasures you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Shlisselburg Fortress was one of these small gems we discovered. It is a town in Leningrad Oblast, situated at the head of the Neva River on Lake Ladoga, 35 kilometers east of St. Petersburg. We took the suburban train out to Petrokrepost station. When we got off the train … Continue reading The Ruins of Shlisselburg Fortress

Gold water fountains in St Petersburg’s Peterhof

Day 3: Monday We got up a bit later than planned but after a lovely cup of coffee headed out to get the speedboat to Peterhof. We boarded the boat just behind the Hermitage and it was a quick boat ride to get to Peterhof, a lot less smelly than the local busses. The Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces and gardens laid out … Continue reading Gold water fountains in St Petersburg’s Peterhof

Exploring Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg

Day 2: Sunday We had a good nights rest, although it didn’t get dark. The sun sets around 1am and rises again at 2am. After applying a couple of plasters to our already blistered feet we hit the road to Peter and Paul Fortress for the day. On our way to the fortress we came across a guy with a little bear cub! We got to touch … Continue reading Exploring Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg

Cruising through St Petersburg during “White Nights”

Day 1: Saturday We booked a week away in St Petersburg to go and take advantage of the White Nights!! My friend Judith and I left Moscow on the Night train for St Petersburg at 2am. We had a sleeper coach in a compartment with 2 other people. The trip was lovely and over very soon, when we woke up we were already in St … Continue reading Cruising through St Petersburg during “White Nights”

Snow covered Saint Petersburg

Every year I go somewhere special for my birthday and in 2011 I decided to celebrate my birthday in mystical St Petersburg for a weekend. Who wouldn’t plan a weekend get away to a place where it’s windy, snowing and -28 degrees outside!?!? Friday Judith (my German friend), Olga (My Belarusian flat mate), Kirsten (Judith’s Kiwi flat mate) and I embarked on this weekend trip to St … Continue reading Snow covered Saint Petersburg