Impressions of Saint Petersburg, Russia

We had a lovely time in Saint Petersburg. I was nervous about it before coming here, wondering if it was safe to just walk around, but it is. We walked all the way around the main sights in a big circle. Here are my impressions from the day.

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Winter Palace

Funny story about the Winter Palace. I said, I don’t care where we go but I want to see that green building we saw from the taxi. Then we stopped on a park bench and plotted our self-guided walking tour on the map. First stop was the Winter Palace. I said, “Okay, that works, because we’ll pass that really beautiful green building on the way there.”

Yes, you guessed it. The green building is the Winter Palace.

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We saw about a dozen brides today.
We saw about a dozen brides today.
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It is a Russian custom for women to walk arm in arm or holding hands.
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Former stock exchange
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Rostral Columns

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Great place for lunch, just past the Winter Palace/Hermitage, on the side by the little canal. Try the herring with beets. It will blow your mind.
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Winter Palace on the left, Hermitage on the right. But the palace is really part of the Hermitage museum.

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