Here are some moments or things I found “sweet” while in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Russia’s version of an Asian “Tuk Tuk”…
Brides, one Groom, and one Mother…
Because I shoot in Manual and not auto or aperture, I have to react quickly in these types of situations…
We visited the dazzling Peterhof Palace and Gardens on our last day in St. Petersburg, Russia. Built by Peter by the Great in the 18th Century, Peterhof is spectacular! The Palace was closed because it was a Monday, but we were most interested in the gardens anyway. I had the visit scheduled on the itinerary for the previous day, but it was rainy and we definitely wanted a pretty day for our visit.
We walked 10 minutes from our lodging at Comfort Hotel to the Pier with Lions embankment on the canal where we boarded a 40 minute Hydrofoil boat to Peterhof.
Upon arrival, there is a beautiful 10 minute walk to the centerpiece of the complex, the Grand Cascade and Samson Fountain in front of the Palace.
Even with my wide-angle lens, I wasn’t able to capture the entire complex!
The gardens are also referred to as the “Russian Versailles”.
The creativity is astounding!
You can barely view the sea in the distance…
While planning my trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, I discovered the St. Petersburg Card, which includes free entrance to over 60 of the best museums in the city, free or discounted tours, and a rechargeable transport e-purse. I purchased three of them, one for myself and the two tour participants I was taking on the trip, and had them delivered to the Comfort Hotel, where we would be staying, to save the time spent having to walk to one of the pick-up locations. Anyway, one of the tours is a free hop-on/hop-off canal cruise, so we took that to see the Peter and Paul Fortress.
The Peter and Paul Fortress was the first structure to be built-in St. Petersburg, therefore, its birthplace. There are quite a few buildings, museums, and exhibitions to explore, and the beautiful Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Russia’s oldest church and final resting place for most of Russia’s imperial rulers.
The interior of the Cathedral was sumptuous!