Sunday, August 9, 2009

Venice of the North

Apologies for taking so long to update you on my stay, time is really flying by in this many things to do and see!! A couple of days ago, we followed a recommendation of our teacher to go and see the bridges open and so we went to the closest ones which connect our island (Vasilevskiy Island) to Nevskiy Prospekt. As mentioned before, Peter the Great envisioned St. Petersburg to be
similar to Venice and Amsterdam and currently has over 340 bridges. The bridges crossing the
Neva river open during the midnight hours in
order to let ships pass in and out of the Baltic Sea (which by the way you really need to take
into account when going out in the city centre - you either make it a short evening or you go the whole nine yards...there's no in between!!)
As we were waiting at a local bar for the bridges to open, the lights of the city started to blaze in the dusking sky. It was an incredible view of the city that not even my camera could grasp entirely!
Here are some of the pictures I took of that evening

Peter & Paul fortress and Nevskiy Prospekt by night

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