Midnight in Saint Petersburg and look at the sky! It’s amazing! This is the best time to visit Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Geographically speaking, Russia is the biggest country in the world. And on this trip I’m going to visit Saint Petersburg and Moscow, the two main cities here.
This is Saint Petersburg, Russia’s artistic and cultural center. For most of the 20th century, Saint Petersburg was called Leningrad, it was a homage to Vladimir Lenin a revolutionary and the first leader of the Soviet Union. It became Saint Petersburg again in 1991.
Saint Petersburg is famous for Palace Square, the Hermitage Museum, the various historic buildings, the canals and I’ll show you all that in the next posts.
Right now it’s about 6:00 PM and we’ll get ready for the evening. Tonight we’re staying up until very late to find out why so many people fall in love with this city.
Keep watching, you won’t believe it. We’re so excited! But let’s settle in first. Architecture here is amazing, very European, very historical, take our hotel for example.
Grand Hotel Europe represents all the cultural and historical beauty of Saint Petersburg. The building itself is from the 1820’s and the hotel is from 1875. It was a combination of the surrounding buildings here. So century after century it just maintains the glamour. But the hotel also had some difficult moments during World War 2.
Saint Petersburg was sieged and one third of the city was destroyed by bombs. Here they were even kinda lucky, just part of the hotel was destroyed. And as there was no tourism during the war, the hotel became a hospital.
During Soviet times, Grand Hotel Europe was the meeting point for artists, musicians the elite in general here in Russia. Sometimes they used to come here even for their meals.
We’re going to try one of these meals and we chose the new restaurant Azia. Asian fusion dinner. We tried Japanese cuisine, Chinese cuisine, Indian… Everything is so delicious! That was amazing! Truly amazing!
Wow! Look at this view! That’s the Russian Museum and over there, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.
It’s my first time here in Saint Petersburg and I think I chose the best time of the year to come here. I’m here during June. It’s because at this time there is something called White Nights.
What it means exactly? Well, Saint Petersburg is located very north on Earth, you know, in latitude it’s equivalent to Alaska. So, at this time of the year the sun never disappears 100% in the horizon. Hence, it doesn’t get 100% dark. Everybody stays out so let’s go celebrate.
We’re doing a boat tour to see the famous White Nights, but it’s not only for the White Nights. There’s a reason they happen really, really late. They never leave before midnight.
It’s because around one in the morning it’s when the bridges get open so that big vessels can cross and it’s a big deal here, it’s a big attraction.
White Nights, that’s the reason.
The color of the sky is at this time of the night! It’s amazing! No kidding, there are like 50 boats here circulating in between the three main bridges along the Neva river. Everybody waiting for the big moment.
The highlight of this phenomenon happens in the end of June, right now we’re in the beginning of the month. So it’s going to become even brighter. Imagine this in a couple of weeks!
After this you cannot cross anymore from one side to the other because at this time the subway is not working anymore and there are no boats, so, you’ll have to stay where you are. If you talk to Russians they’ll tell you actually that several relationships here start like that.
Let’s say you are in party on one of the sides and then you don’t have how to go back home. And “can I stay at your place?” And the rest is history. Bye! “Proshchay”.
It was very cool, thousands of people on the boats and on both sides of the river. But go ready for the cold, you know? You guys saw how I started the tour. Look at how I’m finishing!
Tomorrow we are going to visit some of the top attractions in town, don’t miss the rest!