Weekly Wanderlust: St. Petersburg, Russia

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Known as one of the most majestic cities in the world, St. Petersburg, Russia is steeped in history, romance, and ridiculous architecture. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its art, culture, and grandeur. Here’s a short list of where to go, eat, and lay your head.

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Go

The Hermitage

The 1,978,622 square foot complex founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, is filled with Picassos, Rembrandts, and Kandinskys, as well as Egyptian, Classical, and prehistoric antiquities.

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Malaya Sadovaya Street

The pedestrian street (the shortest in St. Petersburg) is lined with cafes, shops, and fountains.

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The Metro

Because it looks like this.

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Peterhof

Known as the “Russian Versailles,” Peterhof is a complex of palaces and gardens laid out by Peter the Great.

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

When I think of St. Petersburg, this is what comes to mind.

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Sleep

The five star Hotel Astoria St Petersburg recently celebrated its 100th birthday. Located in St Isaac’s Square, the hotel captures the luxury of Imperial Russia. But with WiFi and stuff.

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Eat

Palkin restaurant originally opened in 1874 and was a hot spot for aristocrats and intellectuals like Tchaikovsky, Chekhov, and Dostoyevsky. Today it serves up Beluga caviar, foie gras and black truffle, deer and wild boar dumplings, and homemade ice cream. Putin stops by on occasion.

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