I can only assume the Russian translates to toilet.
I think every major city in the world now has these.
I have no idea how much we paid but it must have been close to $40 US.
St. Isaac's Cathedral
This is supposed to be the largest cathedral in Russia, built in the first half of the 19th century. It certainly is an impressive structure even when viewed from a couple of blocks away.
The world famous museum seen from across the Neva River. We didn't actually visit but the building, the Winter Palace for Russian emperors, was very impressive.
One of two that sits at the point where the Neva river forks around Vasilesvsky Ostrov (Vasilii's Island)
The bow of a ship, one of several faces that are part of a lighthouse which guided sailors on their trip down the Neva river.
The Peter and Paul fortress, built by Peter the Great in the early 1700s to protect his new city, as seen from across the Neva river. The cathedral, of course, dominates the view.
Peter and Paul Cathedral
Built in the early 1700s, this was the first in the city to be built of stone and is still the tallest structure.
We stopped at the cruiser Aurora but I found this building more interesting. The guide said it was someone's palace at one time but was now being used as a high school. Must have some impressive classrooms.
Church of the Spilled Blood
Erected in the 1880s on the site where Alexander II was killed, the design of this elaborate building drew heavily from St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.
This is now a subway station but it would be hard to find the trains for all the stores. It lies at the center of the high end shopping district of the city.
One of many we saw during our time in the city. This one runs between Nevskiy Prospekt and the Church of the Spilled Blood, visible in the distance.
We ate in a busy but charming cafe above a bookstore on Nevskiy Prospekt. And this is how they served my Russian Pepsi.
This was the view out the window as we ate lunch. It was built in the early 1800s and models after Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome.
Our first day in St. Peterburg was very windy as shown by the waves in the harbor next to the ship.
Home, Sweet Home
This block of apartments was one of many in the area near the harbor where our ship was docked. While much newer than some of the Soviet-era buildings we saw in the city, they still had that feeling.
We weren't the only huge cruise ship on the Baltic. Early in the morning of our second day in St. Petersburg I watched as the captain of the NCL Jewel of the Seas backed his ship into the berth behind us. Very impressive maneuvering of a very large boat.
The Narva Triumphal Arch was erected in the 1830s as a memorial to the war of 1812 in which Russia beat back the French invasion led by Napoleon.
Entrance to the metro station where we began our very brief experience with the St. Petersburg subway system.
One of many ornate pieces of art decorating the subway stations. Since much of the system was built in the 1930's and 40's, there was a distinct Soviet theme running through everything.
It was a long way down into the subway system. And the escalators moved much faster than most in the US. I guess everyone is in a hurry.
The name of the subway station in which we were waiting, in Cyrillic characters.
Riding the Rails
I was surprised at how crowded the subway was early on a Sunday morning. And no one really paid much attention to a bunch of tourists stumbling around trying not to get lost while taking their picture.
The station from which we exited the subway system, in Cyrillic characters.
Another impressive piece of Soviet-era artwork at the station where we exited the St. Petersburg metro system.
Our guide took us to see what he called a typical middle class market. The produce looked very fresh and was beautifully displayed. The vendors were a little puzzled at us tourists taking pictures but were friendly.
I have never in my life seen cherries boxed like this for sale.
Just some of the food for sale in the market we visited.
The exterior of the market we visited early on a bright Sunday morning.
St. Petersburg Street
One block off the tourist path in St. Petersburg
As in some Asian countries, couples place a padlock on the bridge railing to symbolize their love. While I was taking pictures, a young man in military uniform and his girl friend asked me to take their picture next to their lock. I wish I had taken the shot with my camera as well.
A lookout station in the harbor of an island that for centuries served as a defensive fortification for the city. Today tourist visit the naval museum and vacation housing over a bridge/causeway and by sailboat.
Later nicknamed the "Plague Fort", this fortification was constructed in 1838-45 as one more piece of the naval defense of St. Petersburg. In 1897 the St. Petersburg Institute of Experimental Medicine took over the fort and established a laboratory there to research the plague. During the Cold War, the island behind it was used for a top secret submarine base.