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St. Petersburg || Travel Diaries 2#

Hey, howdy, hi!! What’s kicking, people? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

And no I’m back! And no I’m not crying and running away like the last time ๐Ÿคญ… I’m actually back in spirits! (And NO I didn’t think it’d happen either๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช)

After the last couple of posts I was a tad bit dubious about my schedule but well, here we are!๐Ÿ˜

Seeing as you’re reading this, you’re probably in the same situation as me wondering how on earth summer sped by without you stepping out of the house. ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ™„ This was the first such summer for me. And the first ever one without a beach in the picture *bawls her eyes out*

(I’m possibly the only idiot still holding onto summer when everyone’s raving about autumn and the festive season ahead. On top of that its cloudy and raining too hahah๐Ÿ‘)

Though we’ve all pretty much resumed our jobs and studying, I can’t help yearning for a holiday.๐Ÿฅบ So I thought why not go down the memorylane and go travelling in our heads? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ And so its St.Petersburg for today!!๐Ÿ˜

Although I must say, St. Petersberg doesn’t classify as one of those beach holidays. It was fairly cold for summer, with chilly, windy evenings. But it was SO beautiful that I’m really not complaining๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’• This is a continuation of my travel to Moscow for my dance excital last year (YES!๐Ÿคฉ), after which we took the train to St. Petersburg.

Taking the Sapsan Train to St.Petersburg

Sapsan is a Russian, high speed electric express train, named after the world’s fastest bird, The Peregrine Falcon.๐Ÿฆ…

Me being energetic, I held my phone over every Russian word and this time, it automatically translated “Sapsan” to “Pergerine Falcon” and I weirdly wanted to clap my hands๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

We stayed at a gorgeous little boutique hotel. And then off to touring!

Nevsky Prospekt:

Yaayy! My FAVOURITE ever street in whole of Russia because it’s a shopping street! Woohoo.*dances๐ŸŽต* And the buildings were as usual extra large! *fist pumps*

(Oh those darling Chanel stores)

(When it got darker and the lights came up!)

Cheers to the last beautiful summer I had, travelling last year, before this pandemic struck doom on all our heads๐Ÿ˜ถ Though I know we’re the luckiest lot this year!๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿคž

Random buildings and stores!

More Shops!
A Book Store
A Book Store

Getting a little historic…..

The Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood

That’s the ceiling๐Ÿ’• (The entire time I was walking only with my head fixed towards the sky๐Ÿ˜‚) It’s an orthodox church, which currently functions as a museum too.

St. Issac’s Cathedral

Canals and Rivers! (My favourite!๐Ÿ’•)

And finally, That’s the famous River Neva which overlooks the Winter Palace. On a closer look…

Here’s a part of the Winter Palace, which is St. Petersburg’s most famous building,

There’s also the Summer Palace along with the Winter Palace. But I shall be covering the Palaces entirely on the upcoming post since I figured this was getting long๐Ÿ˜‚ But you got the sneak peak of the Palace here!

I loved visiting St. Petersburg more than Moscow. It was a quaint little place – so dead gorgeous and interesting that I absolutely adored every bit of it. I suppose it could also be because I didn’t expect this much out of the country- which turned out to be a lovely surprise! Infact I tried to record every information on my phone as we passed because I so badly didnt want to let go.๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Stay tuned for the Upcoming Post on the Palaces in St. Petersburg and also as to why there are so many palaces here in the first place.

I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour to a foreign land. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ And I hope the sights, streets and buildings were a feast to your eyes, since we aren’t able to go out much these days. ๐Ÿ˜ I loved every moment of putting together these pictures, because for some time I truly lost myself in a different land๐Ÿ˜‡

Which picture/place was your favourite? Have you been to Saint Petersburg? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Thank you so so much to everyone who genuinely gave me all your support when I felt so lost. Your love and support was truly irreplaceable. I was so overcome that I had to take some time before replying to your sweet words in the comments , and for once this chatterbox became speechless๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‚ *bows*

I honestly want to show how much I appreciate the love, instead of just saying “thank you” repeatedly๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฅบ But do know, I am and will always be grateful to you. Kindness is never lost. And I’ll be there whenever you need๐Ÿ’• because I’ve somehow landed into this amazing community of people who actually listen to me and hold my back, while the rest of the world judges. And I’d only be an idiot if I didn’t realise that. Thank you again. :))))


Too glam to give a damn ๐Ÿ’ซ

81 thoughts on “St. Petersburg || Travel Diaries 2#

  1. wow, BriN!! that looks awesome!! i loved the photos, they are SUPER pretty. is it just me, or does the Peregrine Falcon train remind me of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children?

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    1. Yayy thank youu! I loved them too๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’– Ooh haha, I’ve gotten used to it now but it so came to my mind when I first heard about the train!๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’• That’s a quirky movie though.๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Thank you Athira!๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ’• Tbh I’m terrible at taking pictures๐Ÿ˜‚ Infact its probably the place making my pictures look good. But that’ll be our little secret๐Ÿ˜‚โค

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    1. Yes it was spectacular!!๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜ Wish I had taken a proper video without my whole family in it๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ And haha thank you for going through the “tour” with me๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• xxx

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  2. That looks really cool! I’d love to travel abroad someday. I did plan to get a passport this year, but…well, you know.
    There are also so many places I’d like to go in America too though.

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    1. Oh yess. My passport expired about 6 months back too!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ And that’s a really valid point Diamond!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘ I don’t think I’ve finished touring my country first๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ’• Thanks for visiting๐Ÿค—!

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    1. Oohh I knew it! I was suspicious of having come across another St. Petersburg but I couldn’t place it. So apparently its in the US๐Ÿ˜ƒ Thanks for visiting! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Yes… specifically, in Florida on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico (that peninsula sticking out of the southeastern US – you’re from the UK, right? How well do you know our states? That is a serious question, I don’t know the average European’s knowledge of North American geography). St. Petersburg is one of the three major cities of the Tampa Bay metropolitan area, along with Tampa and Clearwater.

        And that’s about all I know, since I’m on the opposite side of the US ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. Oh wow that’s all new to me. I think the names are familiar though๐Ÿค” Maybe the ones who chose History or Geography as their Higher subjects might know. But I don’t think we covered much of the US in all of the social studies we did, except the World War ofcourse ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜„

          So all that I know about this amazing country is purely from books and personal interest๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜

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        2. Got it. I saw on the Internet once a thing that said something like “How Europeans see the US,” and the entire west coast was labeled “California,” the entire Northeast was labeled “New York,” and everything else was “Texas.” I laughed and commented that that is also how people living in one of those three states see the US. (Those three are the highest in population, containing – let me look it up – 26% of the population of the US as of the 2010 census, although when data from the 2020 census is tabulated, it is expected that Florida will pass New York for third.) The US is so big, and there are so many different subcultures among the different states.

          Personally, I think that is a big part of the reason why things here have become so heated politically. Not only are there many different subcultures with different values and lifestyles, but the federal government is now much more powerful than our founders intended, so you have a lot more situations where, for example, the smaller and more rural states feel that their way of life is threatened by voters in the more populous states who do not respect or understand the way of life in other states. And this happens within states as well; for example, the rural parts of California have a very different lifestyle and economy from the urban parts and very little representation in the state government because legislative seats are apportioned by population. In the early history of the US, many compromises were made to get people from different states to go along with things, but the way that the government has evolved, there seems to be so much less compromise these days; instead, each political party just wants to get at least 50.1% percent of the vote so they can rule the other 49.9% of the country by force. :\

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        3. Ooh that’s a lot of information! But this isn’t new I guess? I guess every country has rurals who feel underrepresented and the government focuses on schemes to include them as well, etc.

          But I agree the US is a reallyy diverse place! Thanks for taking the time to explain to me. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‹
      Oh sorry I forgot to mention that. We stayed at the Boutique Hotel Albora :)))
      It was really personalised and great with proper rates too ๐Ÿ˜„


  3. Hey my awesome City pa ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚l; I hope that you are still doing well in the city haha.

    I just had to pay you a visit and comment to let you know that I am still here — due to many of the things I am preoccupied with lately, which are pretty interesting things, I typically would check out blogs earlier in the day and leave likes, so that is what I have been trying to do whenever I come by your blog (and many others ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ).

    But I commented today to let you know that I am still here looking around and absolutely love to see the work that you are doing haha

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    1. Ooh hey thank you so much for checking up! This is the best ever๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค— Nice one, about the city๐Ÿ˜‚ And yes I’m pretty fine! Hope you’re doing great too :)))

      Thank you a BIG bunch for this and for putting a smile on my face XD I’ve been customising around and there’s no time to post but thanks for believing that i didn’t disappear for good๐Ÿ˜‚ Hope you’re enjoying doing all those “interesting things” (curious much?๐Ÿ˜‰)
      Looking forward to being active again and reading all your blogs :D๐Ÿ˜„

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      1. Hahaha it is always pleasure my friend and I am tremendously happy to know that you liked my pokes at humor and that I put a smile on your face because putting a smile on your face is the only thing that is better than blogging on this awesome site bar-none ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽŠ.

        It’s the least I can do to make up for all the time that has passed and it was also a great opportunity to show you that I am still alive and well and untouched by COVID ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿ˜„.

        Absolutely, you are clearly not disappeared lol; in fact you have been doing more than I had even realized, until recently when you came and visited me and then I came over to your blog and saw how many marvelous things I had missed ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ.

        Yeah I can tell that you were customizing — you did a wonderful job ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ. I thought I was doing “interesting things” but the “interesting things” I was doing, were not as interesting as you hahaa

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        1. Haha that’s flattering๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ Thank you for that!

          Thank you very much for noticing the customise๐Ÿ˜‚ Its such a pain and it’s taking me ages so I’m feeling spirited now to continue doing it again๐Ÿ˜‹

          Thank you so much! I really have no words ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—

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        2. Hahaha you are welcome my blossom of benevolence.

          ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ yes exactly, customizing on this site is alot of fun especially when you get to understand the functions much better, but things can be tricky ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. I try to do the best with mines as I can but there are certain things you can’t get around unless you upgrade the plan hahaha

          Hahaa no problem Brin, that’s all I needed to see; your joy and laughter says it all ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸฅณโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

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        3. You are literally the best! ๐Ÿ˜Thankyou honestly xD

          Haha and yeah I agree about the plan, but mostly the trouble borders on making every graphic complementary to the other (phew!)๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘…
          Glad I’m done for now anyway!๐Ÿ˜

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        4. Awww thanks, my face is lit up like a Christmas tree haha. It takes one to know one ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜„

          Yass ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ designing the graphics to compliment things in just the way you want, is certainly a challenge. Making all that cool and awesome work then only to find out that you can’t use it because you don’t have the necessary access to certain CSS properties and features, or particular settings of the profile or the theme, just adds a new layer of buzz-kill ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

          I am happy that you are content with what you have been able to achieve and I must compliment you on the work you have done — it’s fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜„


        5. Haha you’re most certainly right about thaat๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™Œ
          Oh gosh talk about it!! Coming up with an idea and after hours of research, finally getting the fact that you need to pay for it๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™„


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        6. Hahaha I loved reading that; it’s an ordeal that truly brings you back to blogging reality ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚. I have ran into these issues a ton of times when I was new to the site — it burns ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

          I have learned the hard way and I am managing things alot better now and the new block-editor is my new creative friend haha

          lol you are adoringly welcomed Brin ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘Œ. Enjoy more creativity and have an exciting season ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿ˜„


  4. Oh, and your questions:
    Which picture/place was your favourite?
    The one with the building that looks like the house in the woods that Hansel (or maybe Gretel) pushed the witch into the oven inside – you know the one. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have you been to Saint Petersburg?
    Nope, but I hope to now. The nearest I got to Russia was writing a series of stories about it. Moscow specifically.
    What do you think?
    Ooo, that’s a wide question. Lots of things! I think about the falsity of hotel sex, I think about filling in crosswords without looking at the clues, I think of how you are reading this and thinking … well, actually, I have no idea what you’re thinking. Care to enlighten me? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Oh my what an envisage๐Ÿ˜‚ As precise as it sounds, I sadly can’t find that “house with the hot aga” here๐Ÿ˜‚ I’d love to have you point out the Gingerbread house that I so seem to be overlooking lol ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Oh that’s great now! A virtual travel. I love Russian stories๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„

      ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Well I’m actually thinking why hotel sex should be a falsity but instead I’m going to say that I’m just thinking why on earth anyone would solve a crossword without the clues๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ (Which is also true๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚)

      Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Oh. I guess I meant the one tagged with ‘When it got darker and the lights came up!’ ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry for the confusion.
        As to the falsity of hotel sex, well I guess it’s all about a hotel room being a setting that’s detached from normal life and so things that happen there are not part of the truth about what a person normally is. Hence there’s a patina of falsity around them. That’s my take anyway. It’s actually part of a lyric from a song that’s stuck in my head (
        Crosswords? Pah – who’s interested. There was a crossword book on the table when I wrote the article. I’ve written whole novels using the same method (which is why I spent time in a hospital waiting room whilst writing my first one).
        I thank you for your entertaining words. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. Welcome dear!
        BTW, Myself Jheel! This is a collab blog of me and my bff Krishaโ€ฆ..Krisha and me were on a Hiatus reacentlyโ€ฆ.I returned but she is still a bit busyโ€ฆThis is a post which i ( jheel ) have posted and nominated u for the tag!

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        1. Ooh I’m sorry for the confusion Jheel!
          Thanks again.โค
          I suppose it’s because your blog name says “Krisha’s Cosy Corner”. But now I know!๐Ÿ˜ xx

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