A visit to Peterhof Palace, Peter the Great’s major display of Romanov wealth and power outside St. Petersburg.
Peterhof Palae

This is the final post in my series on things to do in St. Petersburg, Russia. The history of St. Petersburg is intertwined with that of one dominant dynasty, the House of Romanov. The city was founded by Peter the Great, the czar who turned Russia into a force to be reckoned with, and Romanovs were […]


Tops on my art bucket list: Visiting the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, home not only to a multitude of masterworks, but the incredibly elaborate Winter Palace where Catherine the Great once lived.
The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg Russia

This is the third in my series on things to do in St. Petersburg, Russia. As I said in my post on visiting St. Petersburg, a trip to the Hermitage Museum – the second largest in the world, after the Louvre in Paris – has long been on my bucket list. And I’m happy to report […]


Riding the subway might not be a normal tourist activity. But in the St. Petersburg Metro, where stations such as Kirovsky Zavod and Avtovo boast original examples of Stalinist-era art and architecture, you wouldn’t want to miss it.
Avtovo, St. Petersburg Metro, Russia

This is second in my series on things to do in St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the most interesting things I saw in my few brief days in Russia were the elaborate St. Petersburg Metro stations, decked out with marble, chandeliers and Soviet-era art. Plans for an underground had been in place in the Soviet Union […]


A look at some things to do in St. Petersburg, Russia, including information on hotels, restaurants, churches, shopping and other sights.
Things to do in St. Petersburg

This is the first in my series on things to do in St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the highlights of my travels last year included three days in St. Petersburg, Russia (known as Leningrad during Soviet times). While I’ve written about the bureaucratic ins and outs of applying for a Russian visa, I haven’t put […]


Dreaming of St. Petersburg? Tips for navigating the lengthy Russian tourist visa application.
Church on the Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg

This article previously ran on It’s inspired by the application process that I went through for my September trip to St. Petersburg. Because we were traveling independently – yet still as a group – we had to get Russian visas. Several in our group found the process took so long that they weren’t able […]