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

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