Uncovering the legend: Can St. Petersburg drive you mad?

legend of St. Petersburg

“This is a city of half-crazy people… there are few places where you’ll find so many gloomy, harsh and strange influences on the soul of a man as in St Petersburg.” ( Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment) They say St. Petersburg can drive people crazy. But is the rumour true? And if so, why? Today,… Continue reading

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Did you say Fabergé?

Fabergé - Coronation egg

A very Russian institution The St. Petersburg metro is often praised for its beauty but it is also a place full of little stores, nooks and crannies which I found myself looking at yesterday. About everything and anything can be found there from a kitten calendar and the newest Russian romance novels to pens, newspapers… Continue reading

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St Petersburg Metro – Why are you so beautiful?

Metro station Avtovo

It’s certainly one of the first things you read about while searching the internet to get an overview before you travel to St Petersburg. And as I had already heard from so many people about the astonishing and wonderful metro stations, I wanted to write about the history and the characteristics of the Saint Petersburg… Continue reading

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Saint Petersburg’s favorite doughnuts: pishki

The first thing that comes to our minds when saying “doughnut” is the typical American deep-fried and ring-shaped dough, usually glazed with sugar icing or topped with powdered sugar, chocolate or colored sprinkles.  But being honest, this is an international dish, present all over the world and prepared in many different ways according to traditions.… Continue reading

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What makes St Petersburg so… Petersburg?

This year is the third time that I have had the pleasure of living in St Petersburg (also lovingly known as ‘Piter’). It’s a city that is so easy to fall in love with, and the first time I came here, within a couple of weeks I was completely and utterly charmed. The city’s atmosphere… Continue reading

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