St. Petersburg is a city of haunting magnificence, an
imperial capital that seems to have been built as a monument to its own
passing. It was less than three centuries ago that Peter the Great began
building his grand city on the Gulf of Finland, but it is difficult to visit
its vast, crystalline squares and palaces without feeling the enormity of the
gulf that separates that time from our own.
View from St. Isaac's dome Bridges up by night, always a lovely sight!
All this hallowed antiquity, of course, makes St.
Petersburg more evocative of Russia's past than any place except perhaps
Moscow Kremlin. This impression is only deepened by a more familiar
Dickinson of the 19th century
The enigmatic homeliness of Peter's cottage and the
city's placid canals may contrast with the brooding grandeur of the
Palace, but they share with it a graceful stillness that is difficult to
forget. (http://www.geographia.com/russia/peter01.htm )
Dancing in front of Winter Palace Boat trip
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