Peterhof Palace

Peterhof Palace is kind of amazing in that the (many) fountains are powered by gravity through an elevated aqueduct. The expansive french gardens and grounds made for a fine bit of exercise and beautiful setting. This would be one of our last outings of the tour and then it was time to pack up and head […]

White Night Bike Tour

If you do happen to find yourself in St. Petersburg, seek out Peter’s Tours. They offer walking, boat and bike tours. We chose the latter. Since the sun barely sets this time of year, our bike tour began at 11pm and went into the wee hours of the morning. The benefit is that you have […]

A few extras in St. Petersburg

Oh hai there. I’m still slogging through Russia and the rest of this particular trip, while summer just zips on by… In between, I’ve been back home, out to Los Angeles, up to New York and some other places to boot. Summer is funny that way. The ramp of the roller coaster ticks away and then, BAM. There […]

The State Hermitage

The State Hermitage is one of the oldest museums in the world and a highlight of Saint Petersburg. We arrived before the doors were open and went through endless rooms until our legs were sore. I’m guessing we saw a fraction of what was available. You’ll note in the 48 some odd photos past the […]

Arrival, Saint Petersburg

The first day in Saint Petersburg didn’t contain many photographs, and I won’t lie, a skimpy day was welcome. There was lots to see in this city and we were going to be here a comfortable four days. First things first? Find a laundromat (we failed) and check into our apartment (success).

Final bits from Moscow

After the Comonautics Museum, we ventured around Moscow and walked across the way to the All-Russia Exhibition Centre, which was a combination of impressive looking, but cheaply constructed buildings housing flea market items. I wouldn’t recommend it. But there were some highlights on the last day in the capital city, with us closing it out […]

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

A favorite part of Moscow was the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, which sits under the towering (and beautiful) Monument to the Conquerors of Space (a 360 feet tall titanium rocket shooting into space.) The museum is filled with artifcats, models, space suits, and ships from the Russian space program through the ages. One favorite bit (along […]


We flew in to Russia for the last leg of our trip. From this moment forth we were on our own (without tour guides.) Russia is a bit pricey you see. So to save a few dollars in Moscow, we stayed at Godzillas Hostel which I must say, was a huge step up from the hostels […]