Gulf of Finland. The Baltic Sea between Finland, Russia, and Estonia.
Neva. The river in northwestern Russia that flows through St. Petersburg.
Where we stayed:
Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria. Historic, luxury hotel in St. Petersburg and member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
Angleterre. Another five-star hotel next door to The Astoria Hotel.
Music groups featured:
Iva Nova. A St. Petersburg all-girl, rock band.
Museums, palaces, theatres & shopping:
Winter Palace. St. Petersburg palace built under Catherine the Great as the winter residence of the tsars; it’s now a main part of the Hermitage Museum.
Jordan Staircase. The main staircase and ceremonial entrance of the Winter Palace.
Hermitage Museum. The State Hermitage Museum, housed mainly in six palatial buildings on the Neva River, that holds more than 3,000,000 works of art.
Russian Museum. Established by Tsar Nicholas II in 1895 as the first state museum of Russian art.
Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. Also called the Resurrection of Christ Church, this is now a museum. It was originally a church built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. This interior and the exterior of this church are decorated with many highly detailed mosaics.
Nevsky Prospekt. St. Petersburg’s most famous street that was planned by Peter the Great.
Kuznechny. A large, popular, upscale food market in St. Petersburg.
Dvortsovaya Ploshchad. The Palace Square of St. Petersburg.
Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad. The monument built as the focal point of Ploshchad Pobedy (Victory Square) in the early 1970s. It commemorates the heroic (and successful) efforts of Leningrad residents and the soldiers on the Leningrad Front to the repel the Nazis in the 900-day Siege of Leningrad during World War II.
The Bronze Horseman. The equestrian statue of Peter the Great in St. Petersburg and also the title of a narrative poem by the Russian poet Pushkin about the statue.
The Pushkin Museum. Alexander Pushkin’s memorial apartment where he lived between 1836 and 1837. He died there of a gunshot wound after a duel.
St Isaac’s Cathedral. One of the largest cathedrals in Russia and a major museum.
Peterhof. Imperial estate of palaces and gardens built by Peter the Great on the shore of the Gulf of Finland.
Mariinsky Theater. Historic St. Petersburg theater.
Alexandrinsky Theater. Built in 1756, this is Russia’s oldest national theater.