The City of the Tzars

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I had a wonderful vacation this summer to St. Petersburg, Russia. I would recommend it to everyone, a city full of art, culture, and photography.

I was curious about Russia, how much it has changed since the time my family visited it, when our countries used to be “big friends”. Visiting St Petersburg did not give me the full picture, they say it is the most European city of the country, how Peter the Great wanted it to be, really different from the rest of country.

The city itself was built as Versailles, based on a triangle-shape. It has 3 canals and the really wide river, Neva. The water is always busy with traffic.

I would call St Petersburg the wedding capital of Europe. We spent 10 days there and we saw at least 30 weddings. The shore of Neva is really pretty for a photo shoot of the young couple.

The arts scene of the city is just great. The Hermitage, the Russian museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, all the different small and big winter and summer palaces are all worth a visit. But outside,you’ll see a lot of artists on the streets; people standing at the riverside with their mobile easels, drawing or painting.

What made me especially cheerful and fond of the city is that you can get a roll of film at every corner. It is no trouble to be an analogue photographer. They have a lot of places selling rolls and developing them. In the Hermitage they have 20-minute developing. The prices of photography are not bad either.

So, if you ever have a chance to visit St Petersburg, do not hesitate.

written by eszmo on 2011-09-24 in #world #locations

3 Comments

  1. lakandula
    lakandula ·

    Great article and beautiful photographs that encourage me to keep dreaming that someday I'll see Russia.

  2. explorette
    explorette ·

    @lakandula same here!
    @eszmo great article love the b/w of the guy diving :)

  3. feelux
    feelux ·

    Very nice photos and article :)

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