Category Archives: Discover St. Petersburg - Page 5

05 Apr
2018
Tea has occupied a special place in Russian culture since the 17th century, when it was gifted to Tsar Michael I by the Mongolians. It quickly became the warming beverage of choice among Russian seeking to colonise the icy Siberian region and has been a staple in Russian kitchens ever since. Today, over 80% of ...
03 Apr
2018
Ballet has its origins in 15th century Italy. Although the art form quickly spread to the rest of Western Europe, it wasn’t introduced to Russia until much later, as part of Peter the Great’s efforts to modernise the country in the 18th century. With the patronage of Empress Anna and, later, Catherine the Great, Russian ...
19 Mar
2018
If you love Russian literature, St. Petersburg is a dream destination. Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, Nabokov… Almost all the great Russian writers spent time in this beautiful city. Wandering along the canals beneath the grand buildings, it’s hard not to feel inspired as well. So what can you do to find out more about St. ...
16 Mar
2018
Saint Petersburg is called “The capital of Russian rock”, but this definition doesn’t give the idea of how much music is alive through the streets of this culturally thriving city. There is something for all tastes: while walking along the central streets in the evening it is not uncommon, through the windows of the cafes, ...
15 Mar
2018
A lot of vegetarian and vegan visitors to St. Petersburg worry about finding places that cater to their dietary requirements. While it’s true that a lot of famous Russian dishes contain meat (think stroganoff, caviar and of course the chicken kiev), St. Petersburg has no shortage of meat-free dining. Here are a few top picks ...
03 Oct
2017
Sometimes we all have to take a break from fast-paced life in the city, even if it is just for one day. If you are living in St. Petersburg, It doesn’t really matter whether you’re living here for a long period or just staying for a few days as a tourist. With the following tips ...
02 Oct
2017
In Saint Petersburg there are more than 200 parks and gardens, all with a lovely atmosphere. In the parks the soul of the city is captured. The ‘jewel of Imperial Russia’ is also considered one of the greenest Russian cities. The parks are especially gorgeous when the leaves start to turn red and when autumn ...
27 Sep
2017
The blockade was both unique in the scale of suffering and resilience exhibited. We can never imagine what it would have taken to survive 900 days (including 3 Russian winters), on rations lower than those in the Nazi concentration camps of the same period. So how did the jewel of Imperial Russia survive the siege? ...
21 Sep
2017
St. Petersburg has a lot of sights and conventional activities on offer, such as visiting the Hermitage or a day trip to Peterhof. But what original, unconventional activities can you do here? And what about the slightly unusual sights, just waiting to be discovered? Well, have a read of the following blog and you’ll discover ...
21 Sep
2017
Ten years have passed since what used to be an old bakery opened as Loft Project Etagi on Ligovsky prospekt 74, a 15-minute walk from Площадь Восстания (Ploschad Vosstaniya). Some might say it is the definition of a hipster’s paradise; there is a craft beer bar at the entrance, they sell fancy coffee, vegan (and non-vegan) ...