The rest of my first day was a whirlwind tour of the city to help me get my bearings, locate the sights I wanted to visit and food places (very important!)
Starting on Vasilyevskiy island, where we’re staying.
Old Saint Petersburg stock exchange building.
Two columns have been built opposite this, we tried to find their meaning, all I found was in my book, they’re called Rostral Columns and the four seated figures represent Russia’s rivers, Neva, Volga, Dnieper and Volkhov. There are many other rivers in Russia, these are just the ‘greats’.
The Hermitage from across the river. Apparently when the country was doing badly, the monarchy at the time thought it was a good idea to buy loads of art to prove they were doing fine.
Sounds like girl logic!
Don’t know what it is with me and the ice, but once again, I was transfixed. Oksana explained how the broken ice that moves along the river is known as ‘walking ice’.
Continued our stroll along the river to find a poem by Pushkin about Saint Petersburg.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral in the background across the walking ice.
A little bit of Egypt…
A pretending manticore. Basically a seemingly random collection of stuff all along the river side!
Crossed over the bridge (and the walking ice) to New Holland.
New Holland is a little area that has been refurbed and taken over by hipsters. Lots of little ‘street food’ cafes, art, photography and book shops.
Oksana was on a mission to show me as much as possible, so after our quick hipster falafel lunch we moved on to see Palace Square, but not before stopping outside a cat cafe.
Finished off with the sun setting over Palace Square.
We managed to clock 15 miles walking!