Few of the descriptions at main attractions and museums are in English, but the architecture, alley ways and snow covered canals need little by way of explanation if you just enjoy strolling the streets for some new views (even in the biting cold!).
Highlights for me included:
“Piter” is a cultural city full of history, with a western take on art and fashion. There are emerging contemporary art options, as well as a thriving bar scene, but as a “foreigner” you will have to befriend someone in the know to find out the hottest places to go as we were turned away from a couple of places for not being Russian.
Despite the cold and a nasty old lady-style fall on the treacherous ice (that could have been an end to the trip before it had really began), I met some of the gang that I would soon be travelling with across Siberia and tagged along with a great bunch of guys for a fantastic three days. I’m really glad I saw St Petersburg in the winter, when the sun shines on the snow it sparkles and its truly beautiful. However, can imagine that in the summer with the canals in full flow it would be another city altogether and perhaps an option for a “mini break Bridge'”!