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Griboyedov channel embankment, 2Б, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
Late summer is the time to explore the 42 islands that make up St. Petersburg. Daylight stretches past 11 p.m., and a burgeoning arts and nightlife scene keeps locals on their toes well into the bright nights. On July 31, the party hits the port...
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Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Affectionately called the "Venice of the North" by some of its citizens, this vantage point hints at why. St. Petersburg is a city full of canals. Look for the Japanese Embassy just due east of the Hermitage and you'll find this place.
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Kuznechnyy Pereulok, 3, Sankt-Peterburg, Ленинградская обл, Russia, 191025
With piles of thick white cream cheese, buckets of fresh honey, and spicy pickled cucumbers, Kuznechny Market in St. Petersburg, Russia, is a site not to miss. Before I visited Russia, I was told that St. Petersburg was the "Venice of the north,"...
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Inzhenernaya St, 4, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
If you don’t know Andrei Rublev from Ilya Repin, the Russian Museum, above, (4 Inzhenernaya St.) provides a crash course in the country’s art history. For contemporary pieces, Loft Project Etagi (74 Ligovsky Prospekt) shows paintings, sculptures,...
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Theatre Square, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
One of the great things to do in St. Petersburg Russia is to spend an evening enjoying the opera at the historic Mariinsky Theater. They also have ballet and musical theater but we chose Boris Godunov (without Natasha- LOL) during the White Nights...
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Kronshtadt, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Russian pies. Why in the world do people not talk more about these things. We unknowingly stepped into this wonderful smelling cafe and of course, ended up ordering almost every single type of pie they had to offer. Salmon, rabbit, egg with green...
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Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
We visited the Hermitage Museum on Monday (the day it's closed to the public) and were able to witness art students painting some of the museum's most famous works. If you go, definitely try to arrange a private tour. On a typical day, 10,000...
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Razvodnaya Ulitsa, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
A beautiful castle just outside Sankt Petersborg.
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Vyborgsky District, St Petersburg, Russia

By Nick Marmet

In a palace that dates back to 1820, the Four Seasons St. Petersburg opens this fall. Suites offer terraces that overlook St. Isaac’s Cathedral (by Auguste de Montferrand, the same architect who designed the palace). The hotel has a...

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Kutuzov embankment, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
It's so easy to take the hydrofoil from its dock near the Hermitage museum to visit Peterhof Palace about 20 minutes north of St. Petersburg. The Grand Palace, surrounding buildings and gardens, is sometimes referred to as the "Russian...
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Ulitsa Nekrasova, 26, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191014
So if you ever plan on travelling to Russia most likely the two places you'll be looking at are Moscow and St. Petersburg. Here's something that you won't see in Moscow. Beautiful gardens surrounding beautiful palaces. Point one for St. Petersburg...
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St Isaac's Square, 4, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Here's an inspiring addition to your "Things Are Looking Up" list. The Holy Spirit hovers over all who enter St. Isaac's Cathedral as I did during my Russian river cruise in July 2012.
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embankment river Moyka, 94, Sankt-Peterburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, 190031
Our first day in St. Petersburg we toured Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was killed. The palace was beautiful, and it even had a private theater! We were also lucky enough to see a short performance by an a capella group in the ballroom....
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Red Square, Moskva, Russia, 109012
When visiting Moscow, one has to go to Red Square and the place that most stands out from a distance is St. Basil's Cathedral.
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Tverskoy Boulevard, 26А, Moskva, Russia, 125009
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Chef Andrey Makhov of Cafe Pushkin recently contributed to AFAR, and opened his second location in New York. But if you are in Moscow, you will want to check the original out. Open 24 hours, with a great vibe. You may want to ask for Dmitri, a...
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Yakimanka District, Moscow, Russia
We visited various sights in Moscow. The guide we had hired took us to an out of the way park where this memorial had been placed for the victims of Stalin's many pograms. It was quite striking but perhaps even more so, as at the same park were...
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Chistoprudny Blvd, 3, Moskva, Russia, 101000
One of the highlights of my visit to Moscow was taking a leisurely walk along the boulevard ring. Lots of nice restaurants and bars to the either side to stop at, but many locals are just hanging on the benches, drinking beer, listening to music...
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Red Square, 3, Moskva, Russia, 109012
Originally built at the bequest of Catherine the Great and used as a trading center, then a huge department store in the Soviet era, and now a big upscale shopping mall right across from the Kremlin and Lenin's Tomb in Red Square.
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7, Voznesenskiy Pereulok, Moskva, Russia, 125009
You will be hard pressed to believe this is a grocery store if you look up the walls and the ceiling. Not only you will get a great assortment of food and drinks here but you will be surrounded by art and artsy things (not sure how original or...
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Bol'shaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa, 13/6, стр.1, Moskva, Russia, 125009
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Coffeemania has different locations in Moscow. I like their offerings and the vibe. Pictured here is one of their amazing teas. If you are in Moscow, no matter the season, you need to try some tea.
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Zamoskvorechye District, Moscow, Russia
Some of Moscow's subway stations are to be found in guide books. No wonder. In some of them you feel like inside a museum or palace.
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Tsaritsyno District, Moscow, Russia
A summer residence for Ecaterina II, the park was closed during the soviet regime to be reopened few years ago after considerable renovation efforts. I truly enjoyed my time here.
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Moscow, Russia, 103073
The Kremlin, an old Moscow standby, is an old, old fortress. Within it's walls, I was surprised to find among its communist, star-studded, structures, the old monastery and churches where the Orthodoxy and tsars walked. Sunlight lit up these...
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Theatre Square, 1, Moskva, Russia, 125009
An unforgetable evening at one of the premier ballet houses in the world. If you are into ballet and art in general this is a must while in Moscow.
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Andropova Ave, 39, Moskva, Russia, 115487
Kolomenskoye Park in the southern part of Moscow is the perfect respite from the capital's hectic rhythm. Wander along apple orchards, tour old wooden palaces and chuches, or just stroll along the riverbank. The hills offer an expansive view of...
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Red Square, Moskva, Russia, 109012
We landed in Moscow at night at 9pm on a cold winters night. After checking into hotel, we asked the hotel staff where Red Square was in reference to the hotel. She told us it was less than a 5 minute walk and the hotel staff said she got off in...
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Bol'shiye Gorki, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, 188515

By Nick Marmet

Ride down the endless escalators to the metro (St. Petersburg has the world’s deepest subway system) and head 20 minutes north to Udelnaya—“Udelka” locally. The sprawling flea market sells Russian military hats, children’s books...