Saint Petersburg revisited

I’ve been lucky enough to get a project in Saint Petersburg, meaning that I’ve been able to combine business and pleasure a few times with trips eastward during August. Though living only a few hundred kilometres from the metropol, I’ve never visited it until this year, mostly due to not bothering going through the process of visa application.

St Pete is about eight times as big in population than my hometown Helsinki, and actually nearly every Finn would fit into the population. Then it feels strange to think that Peter the Great started building the city only 305 years ago.

The gigantic Pribalitskaya
I stayed at the gigantic Pribaltiskaya, a hotel with 1200 rooms
Typical street view with trolley bus at Bolshoi Prospekt
Typical street view with trolley bus at Bolshoi Prospekt
Tikkurila Finncolor!
Finns taking over the world: Tikkurila Finncolor!
Park art
Park art
An abandoned church at Bolshoi Prospekt
An abandoned church at Bolshoi Prospekt
The classic icebreaker Krasin
The classic icebreaker Krasin
Museum submarine Narodovolets
Museum submarine Narodovolets
Building boom in Saint Petersburg
Building boom in Saint Petersburg
A great expat bar!
A great expat bar!
Strelna close to Peterhof, destroyed by the Germans and rebuilt by Putin
Strelna close to Peterhof, destroyed by the Germans and rebuilt by Putin
Palace of Peter the Great, who could be really modest at times
Palace of Peter the Great, who could be really modest at times
A building probably destroyed during the siege
A building probably destroyed during the siege
Picnic in Strelna with Lena, Lena and Ivan
Picnic in Strelna with Lena, Lena and Ivan
The tram to Strelna. Old and noisy, but worked fine.
The tram to Strelna. Old and noisy, but worked fine.
Pensioneers selling of their small crops
Pensioneers selling of their small crops
Church of the Savior on Blood, erected on the place of the assasination of Alexander II
Church of the Savior on Blood, erected on the place of the assassination of Alexander II
Saint Isaac's Cathedral and the Admirality
Saint Isaac
View over Neva
View over Neva
Peter and Paul fortress
Peter and Paul fortress
The Hermitage. Must visit it at some point. With lots of time.
The Hermitage. Must visit it at some point. With lots of time.

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2 Comments

  1. Jag var där för länge sedan, när staden fortfarande hette Leningrad och man helst inte skulle gå på gatorna utan guide. Men jag och min syster tog oss på egen hand till Zoologiska muséet, för att se den berömda MAMMUTEN.
    Du har väl läst (Magnus Londén m.fl) S:t Petersburg – Metropolen runt hörnet

  2. Hehee, nu går det nog bra att röra sig på gatorna utan guide. Staden kändes inte otryggare än andra storstäder. Jag försökte bara se så rysk ut som möjligt, och ingen störde mig 🙂

    Jag har inte ännu besökt några utställningar, utan bara promenerat omkring för att få grepp om staden. Nästa grej blir att gå och titta på platserna från Brott och straff.

    Tack för tipset om boken, jag hade faktist glömt att den ens fanns. Jag har inte läst den, så nu har jag något på läslistan!

    Ha det utmärkt!

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