I went on a quick trip to St-Petersburg for Christmas. Only a few days to visit this incredible city and all the monuments, castles and parks. St-Petersburg is close to the sea, so it’s way more windy than Moscow. Fortunately for us, this time, it was just -14 degrees and some snow. But no wind. Nooooooot coooooooold at aaaaaaaaaall. I was still freezing and wrapped under 10 layers of clothes.
St-Petersburg is one of the most beautiful city I’ve ever seen. Everything is pretty. Architecture is sumptuous. And the Hermitage is breathless.
The Hermitage, close to the Neva river, biggest museum in the world, built in the 17th century. It’s a place full of history. Russian history with the tsars but also an incredible collection of fine art going from the Antiquity to painters like Rembrandt, Gauguin, Matisse and more… It’s not only interesting to visit the Winter Palace, it’s also beautiful for the eyes. How wonderful is the architecture of the palace. All the details everywhere and the disproportionate rooms fascinated me. We literally spent 4 hours in the museum, and we were the fastest ones ! You can easily spend the whole day just looking around and contemplating the beauty of the palace.
I LOVED St-Petersburg. I loved the city and I’ve never ate so well in Russia. I visited some parks all around the city, which were wonderful. I’m glad I’ve seen this city in Winter, there is a magical atmosphere that makes you just want to pretend you’re Anastasia, the princess who escaped….
During Winter, sun goes up at 10 am and goes down at 4pm. It doesn’t give you much time to visit the city when it’s daylight. Ok, at this time of the year, it’s more grey-light than something else. I would love to come back there in summer or spring. See this beautiful city under the sunshine and see all the blossoming trees. Most of all, I would like to come back on the 21th of June, and see how it is a full day without dark….