St Petersburg, Russia
In general tourists seem to travel in groups here so outside of the actual hostel and the biggest attractions there don’t seem to be any non-Russian tourists at all.
At the moment it’s the festival of the White Nights here in St Petersburg (which I am assuming refers to the fact that it stays light until about midnight and even then doesn’t really get properly dark) so last night we ventured out at 2am to see the highlight of this festival: the cities bridges opening to let the boats through. Unfortunately, the thrill of this is a little lost on this little adoptive-cloggy, but it was fun to be out amongst the party atmosphere, and watch all the boats stream through along the Neva unfettered by bridges which for most of them would have been no obstacle anyway. Apparently later in the festival there is a night when films or animations are projected on some of the uplifted bridge segments.
We have booked tickets for the opera and the ballet and I have been Googling the dress code as my backpack doesn’t hold many evening gowns: it seems we will not be kicked out for wearing jeans. Good news.
On the photo: I couldn’t find much of St Petersburg that was rights free but do note the 1984-esque caption of this one.
Photo: Minister of Ways and Communications & his staff. St. Petersburg [between 1910 and 1915] Notes:
Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print