A frontal view of the gold dome topped Saint Issac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Memories of St Petersburg, Russia

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I’m so glad we made the effort...

St Petersburg is a city I have wanted to visit for years, and it didn’t disappoint.

The sweeping span of the Hermitage Lecture Centre, with the Triumphal arch in the centre,  on one side of Palace Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Architectural wonders of St Petersburg

The build-up prior to the departure was a little uneasy, as it was still uncertain whether Russia was going to extend their presence in Ukraine and the impact this would have on international travel.

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It didn’t help, when I was asked by people where I was venturing off to, and their response was ‘rather you than me’.

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Our Highlights


Definitely has to be the stunning, colourful architecture, without any doubt.

This was one of the main reasons I wanted to visit Saint Petersburg.

The exquisite buildings are breath-taking throughout the city, they most certainly make an impact.

No expense was spared where the rulers were concerned.

The recently restored, highly decorated, Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

For its sheer grandeur and imposing gold-plated dome, St Isaac’s cathedral is a standout memory. The cathedral could be seen for miles and so beautifully dominated the skyline.
A frontal view of the gold dome topped Saint Issac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia

St Issac's Cathedral

Palace Square

The view over Palace Square with the magnificent Winter Palace in the background that is home to the Hermitage Museum.

Palace Square with the Hermitage Museum, or Winter Palace, in the background

The Palace Square truly is magnificent.

We visited there a few times as I just couldn’t get over its size and lavishness of the Hermitage and the Triumphal Arch.

The Triumphal arch leads onto Palace Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Triumphal arch leads onto Palace Square

The Boat Tour

If there’s ever an opportunity to jump on a boat tour, then I’m there. Not only did the trip take you through some of Saint Petersburg’s canals, but also out into the huge Neva River.
You get such a different perspective of a place from the water, I loved it.

A view of Saint Peter's and Paul's Fortress from the Neva River in St Petersburg, Russia.

The Peter and Pauls Fortress from the boat tour.

A useful guide

If you've yet to discover the incredible history and architecture in St. Petersburg, you're in for a treat. I found this DK Top 10 Pocket Travel Guide invaluable, they're extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.

We used a previous version of this book to plan our St. Petersburg adventure, now you can grab the revised copy.


Russian patisserie

 I didn’t realise that St Petersburg would have so many cakes. Although I was extremely pleased it did.

A layered chocolate cake from a patisserie on Nevsky Prospect in downtown Saint Petersburg, Russia

A fabulous chocolate cake

We spotted one café that had an enormous walk-in fridge with shelves full of delights. My excuse was that it was my birthday and the chocolate layered cake it had to be.

Other delicacies

We came across were Pelmeni a savoury dumpling & Varenyky another dumpling but can be sweet or savoury. Also, Shashlik a skewered meat, very tasty.

Canals & Bridges

do like the simple pleasures in life at times and a stroll along any kind of waterway or river is so relaxing.
We wandered around for hours and as St Petersburg is awash with canals and bridges, I was in my element.

A pleasure boat passes by the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood on the Moyka River in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood


We’re not normally spirit drinkers; however, we enjoyed a tipple at the local Russian Vodka Museum and restaurant.

The number of vodkas that they on their menu was incredible.

Our Hotel

Definitely has to be the stunning, colourful architecture, without any doubt.

Our room at the the SO/ Saint Petersburg, Russia

Our room at the the SO/ Saint Petersburg

Tempted To?

Visit Saint Petersburg, Russia's second largest city. Take a peek at our 14 reasons to lure you to St Petersburg or for a little fun check out our St Petersburg - Truths 'n' Trivia.


Matryoshka Dolls

It has to be the Matryoshka Dolls (Russian Dolls to you and me).

I couldn’t resist buying a set, similar to the original dolls painted in traditional dress, that date back to 1890.

They weren’t cheap, but they certainly evoke memories for me.

My set of Matryoshka Dolls, or Russian Dolls that I brought back from Saint Petersburg, Russia.  The set of eight stacking figures is all-female.

My set of Matryoshka Dolls from Saint Petersburg

Don't just take our word for it!

If you're tempted by the intriguing city of Saint Petersburg and its beautiful architecture and waterways, take a look at the 'Visit Saint Petersburg' official website.

Our Things to do Differently

- Do a bit more research into this incredible city.
- Certainly, be a bit more adventurous. As majority of the signs were in Cyrillic script, we were a little too cautious.
- Stay longer than 3 nights.

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Our Funny Moment

This has to be on the flight going out, when the mother a young Russian family sitting behind us, asked the stewardess why the flight was so empty. The stewardess diplomatically replied, that there weren’t any cruise ships leaving in the next couple of days, so the passengers were fewer. But the son of the Russian lady quipped, ‘well we are flying into a war zone, what do you expect’. Gary and I did have to laugh…..
We didn’t need the hard hats after all, but we certainly needed the sun cream.

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About the Author


Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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