This week's blizzard in New England got me thinking about warmer times, and I realized I hadn't shared any pictures from my 3 days in Saint Petersburg a couple summers ago for a meeting of the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission’s Sub-Working Group on Media. It was a whirlwind in the city, filled with late-night river rides, strolls down Nevskii Prospekt and the Palace Embankment, a quick tour of the Hermitage and Peterhof, and a beautiful summer afternoon on the beach outside the Peter and Paul Fortress. The last time I was in the city was, if I remember correctly, December of 2003. It was wonderful to spend a few warm days exploring the city.
The visit ended on a sour note when, about 12 hours before my flight back to the US, pickpockets surrounded me at the Gorkovskaya metro station and stole one of my lenses from off the front of my camera. I wrote a bit about that on dvafoto. Thankfully, the police were helpful in giving me a theft report (and they were very thankful that I could speak the language!) and my insurance got me a replacement within a week. I won't let the experience spoil Saint Petersburg for me. As always, looking forward to the next trip.