Admiring the Coronation Egg at the Fabergé Museum

The Coronation Egg at the Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This, perhaps Faberge’s most iconic egg, was presented by Emperor Nicholas II (the last Emperor of Russia) to his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, as a memento of her entry into Moscow on May 26th, day of their Coronation in the Uspensky Cathedral.

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Summer in Saint Petersburg

One of the most interesting (non)tourist attractions in Saint Petersburg, especially for all people coming from warmer climates, is the "beach" surrounding The Peter and Paul Fortress' external walls, on the Neva river. As a photographer, I thing this is such a great spot to try and capture "the essence of Saint Petersburg".

Peter the (un)great

If you walk toward Palace Square in Saint Petersburg, before passing under the late 18th century arc by George von Velten and the monument to the 1812-1814 Russian victories over Napoleon, you might encounter a diminishing representation of Peter the Great, the likes of which would have probably pleased Lenin himself! This is actually a prank by... Continue Reading →

Night Trains in Russia – Travel tip!

Trains are oh so important in the Russian culture and history. It is almost impossible to think about Russia without dreaming of a trip on the famous Transiberian railway, which in just over a week connects Moscow and Vladivostock (or Moscow and Beijing, passing through ruggedly beautiful Mongolia). The Russian word for railways is железные... Continue Reading →

Spilled blood

I usually advocate the merits of avoiding tourist-traps, exploring and travelling off the beaten track. I must admit, though, that there are must-see places that you really must see when you travel to a new city. Saint Petersburg offers a number of those and the one you see in today's picture is the interior of... Continue Reading →

Where Russian Robots are born

I love how even the most touristic cities have amazing places that actually very few people know about! Take for example the Russian State Scientific Center for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics in Saint Petersburg with its outstanding architecture. Located right next to the city largest park (Sosnovka) in the vicinity of the Polytechnic University, it... Continue Reading →

There is gold underground!

If you descend to a depth of 65 meters under the city of Saint Petersburg (hint: there are comfortable escalators to do so) there is a lot of gold to be found! The glittering Mezhdunarodnaya station opened at the end of 2012, as the new southeastern terminus of Saint Petersburg metro line number 5.  Mezhdunarodnaya is... Continue Reading →

Inception in Saint Petersburg

During the navigation period on the Neva (from April to November) 22 bridges across the river and main canals are drawn at night to let ships pass in and out of the Baltic Sea and right through the city of Saint Petersburg. To know this is important for a number of reasons. It is a... Continue Reading →

Peter the show-off

Peter the 1st was a visionary ruler, without a doubt one of Russia's most influential tzar/emperors of all times. It is not by coincidence that he is commonly referred to as Peter the Great. There are a lot of people who dislike the idea of buying and wearing used clothes. Some can afford to be... Continue Reading →

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