The enchantments of St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg is a place like no other. The distinctly regal feeling, the glamour, the imperial history and its long summer nights make this city an unforgettable destination. There is so much to see and do, you will probably need a few weeks there. I will list the highlights of our trip so you don’t get lost.

Let’s start with the Hermitage museum. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764. Originally, there was only one building housing the collection, but nowadays the museum encompasses many buildings on the Palace Embankment and its neighbourhoods. The Hermitage has three million pieces of art in several buildings across St. Petersburg.

29 kilometers away from St. Petersburg, the imperial estate of Peterhof is one of the most popular day trips from the city. The Grand Palace is opulent and extravagant, but the highlight of Peterhof is the Grand Cascade – a series of about 150 fountains and canals behind the Grand Palace. Beyond the Grand Cascade, there are impeccably maintained gardens with fountains, gazebos and some smaller palaces.

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The view of the Grand Cascade with the Grand Palace behind is truly breathtaking.

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The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one the most famous sights in St. Petersburg. It is located where Tsar Alexander II was killed in 1881 and it features 7000 square meters of mosaics on the interior. The church was built between 1883 and 1907, funded by the imperial family.

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Two of the best performances I have seen in my entire life were in St. Petersburg. Inside theNickolayevsky Palace we saw an unforgettable folkshow performance. Two hours of a dynamic and colorful show, with folk songs and dance.

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The other grand performance was the russian ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. The Swan Lake  has become a symbol of Russian art itself. A trip to St. Petersburg is not complete without seeing at least one of those performances.

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And…if you are lucky enough…you will stumble upon a bear cub around the city:)

 

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Top 5 things to do in Paris

Paris…how not to fall in love with the city of lights? City of romance, fashion, restaurants, culture and wine.

Get ready to walk! Because that’s what you need to do the most in Paris!

The following suggestions are really touristic, and if you haven’t been in one of them, you haven’t been in Paris.

Tour by bus

Tour by bus in Paris
Tour by bus in Paris

image: http://www.francetourism.com.au/upload/images/CR%20tour-eiffel_133764870094914.jpg

Why should you take this tour?
It’s totally worth it, because you are going to have an overview of the city. Later if you have more time, you can choose other places you would like to visit.

Big Bus Tours – Les cars rouges
L’Open Tour Paris


Visit the Louvre Museum

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Louvre Museum – Paris

Why should you visit the Louvre Museum?

The Louvre is one of the most iconic museums in the world, and it is a must-stop for tourists in Paris. Featuring a massive 652,300 square feet of space, the museum is home to 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art. This visit will take hours and hours (actually, you should plan a full day over there) admiring paintings and sculptures and learning a little bit more in each exhibition.
So, take your time,  and do what you can… it will be worth it anyways!
You can’t miss: Mona Lisa and Vénus de Milo
Louvre Museum Website


Take a walk around Tuileries’ Garden

Jardin des Tuileries - Paris
Jardin des Tuileries – Paris

Image: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuileries#Jardin_des_Tuileries

After you leave the museum…take a walk around Jardin de Tuileries, get an ice cream and enjoy the view!
Paris Tourism Website – Jardin des Tuileries


Go to Champs-Élysées Avenue

Avenue des Champs-Élysées - Paris
Avenue des Champs-Élysées – Paris

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One of the most beautiful avenues in the world. Spend some time taking a look at the beautiful architecture.
Some of the shops offer some kind of interaction service. It is different and you will have a great time around there.


Shop at Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette - Paris
Galeries Lafayette – Paris

image: Andreas Praefcke – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Galeries_Lafayette_Haussmann_2008_2.jpg

Probably one of the best malls in the world. You can find just about anything: bags, shoes, dresses, accessories, lingerie and much more. Just be careful not to spend all your money there 🙂
Galeries Lafayette Website

 

 

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