I am back home and getting into my usual life routine here. I know I have been pretty absent from the blogosphere this month and now have lots to do to catch up. I have some projects to share with you soon – small tutorials, new yarn, pattern release… But today I would love to give you a glimpse of my home country and take you for a walk in my favorite Russian city – St. Petersburg. I was lucky to spend a week there with my dear parents and friends. I don’t want to burden you with historical facts and dates; I just hope to share with you the spirit and atmosphere of this magical city, that has a very special place in my heart. So, let’s go? 🙂
I haven’t been in my home country for two years and I wanted to absorb its culture and atmosphere as much as I could. And there is no better way to do that than throw on your favorite old dress, flat shoes, grab a camera and get lost in the city.
I started on Palace Square (Дворцовая площадь), probably the most famous spot in town.
I love this place – it is always full of life! You will also find here The Winter Palace (Зимний дворец), that used be the official residence of Russian monarchs. Right now you can find there the world famous The State Hermitage Museum.
Just minutes away there is a grand and glorious St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Исаакиевский собор). Its golden cupola that rises over the city won’t let you get lost.
Its interior is a true architectural masterpiece.
You can also go all the way up to the dome and enjoy breathtaking view of the city from there!
My next stop was The Summer Garden (Летний сад), the oldest city’s garden. I enjoyed a long walk along Neva, crossed the bridge and walked all the way to the garden.
It is a fountain season in St. Petersburg and it is the most beautiful sight!
If you walk 15-20 minutes from the garden, along the Palace Embankment street (Дворцовая набережная) that runs along the Neva River, you will see a grand statue of the founder of St. Petersburg – Peter the Great (Петр I Великий).
If you are in St. Petersburg, you just can’t not walk on Nevsky Prospekt – the main and busiest street in the city. Here you will find the best shops, restaurants and the most beautiful buildings. But if you are tired, turn to Griboedov Canal and you will find yourself in front of the magnificent church – The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Церковь Спаса на Крови), then turn right around the corner and relax in a beautiful park in front of The Russian Museum (Русский музей).
From left upper corner clockwise: 1. Nevsky Prospekt (this beautiful building with a dome is a book store!) 2. Griboedov Canal 3. The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood 4. The State Russian Museum
Your visit to Russia won’t be complete without Peterhof, a magnificent place 40 minute drive from the city. Known as the “Russian Versailles”, it used to be the summer residence of Russian monarchs.
It is truly one of the most magical places in the world. The palace, surrounded by a huge garden full of fountains, is a spectacular sight. I could get lost there for ages and imagine how Russian emperors used to walk along the same paths and create the history…
I am so grateful to my parents for organizing this trip and for being with me!
I hope you enjoyed this little walk and feel inspired to visit St. Petersburg someday! It would make me really happy!
If you enjoyed this post about St. Petersburg, you will definitely love the interview I’ve done with wonderful Olga, an amazing knitter that lives and creates in this beautiful city – World Crafter. Olga. Saint Petersburg, Russia!
Have a great Wednesday and I will be back with knitting soon!
I also wanted to thank you for your kind wishes on the blog’s birthday! Thank you so much!! I was moved to tears.