Sunny St.Petersburg, July 2022

Streets of sunny St.Petersburg

Summer garden

Savior on the Spilled Blood Church

The Cathedral was being built from 1883 to 1907 on the place, where tragic event had happened. On 1st of March 1881, Emperor Alexander II, who had been going to the parade of troops on the Field of Mars, was mortally wounded here. His son, Alexander III, ordered to build a church on this spotto. Not only Russians, but also residents of other Slavic countries donated money for the construction of the church. On the walls of the bell tower, there are more than a hundred mosaic coats of arms of the cities and towns that participated in fundraising.

Beautiful details of St.Petersburg streets

Yusupov Gardens

Peterhof Palace on the shores of the Gulf of Finland

Smolny Cathedral and Historical Museum

St. Isaac’s Cathedral

St. Isaac’s Cathedral is the largest orthodox church and the fourth largest cathedral in the world.

Karlsson Haus theater

Karl Bulla Photomuseum

Beautiful museum of photography named after Karl Bulla, who was a German-Russian photographer and often referred to as a “father of Russian photo-reporting”. I also liked the balcony with the panoramic view which gives an opportunity to compare the modern look of St.Petersburg with historical photographs.

Alexandrinsky Theatre

“Semimostie” (Plave of Seven Bridges)

The view of “Semimostie” is opened from the Pikalov bridge over Griboedov Canal, from where you can see six more bridges: Krasnogvardeyskiy, Novo-Nikolsky and Mogilevsky over Griboedov Canal and Staro-Nikolsky, Smezhny and Kashin – over Kryukov Canal.

New Holland Island

Neva river embankments

Penaty Estate Museum

Penaty is estate museum of the great painter Ilya Repin which was his home for 30 years. It contains 600 of his works. The house is located in the seaside area of Gulf of Finland and surrounded by the beautiful garden, the painter’s grave is also located there.

Art center Berthold

Ryumochnaya (Vodkaroom) №1

Traktir on Gorokhovaya street

English Pub My friends

100 years old art cafe Podval Brodyachey Sobaki (Stray dog basement)

Club-museum Kamchatka

In the beginning it was just a boiler house called Kamchatka. The history of this spot began in the summer of 1986. One of the most famous Russian rock singers had been working there as a stoker for 3 years. Here he started his way to the big stage.

Summer sunsets and great musicians playing in front of Winter Palace

White nights and bridges on Neva river

Bronze Horseman and Palace Square

City landmark commisioned by Catherine the Great, named for a Pushkin poem and completed in 1782.

Foggy sunsets on the way from St.Petersburg to Moscow


Chicago, January 2020

South President’s Court Garden

Seated Lincoln

Jay Pritzker Pavilion and a view from BP Pedestrian Bridge

Frozen Lake Michigan

Field Museum

Icy 12th Street Beach and a flock of migratory geese

Shedd Aquarium

Grant Park

DuSable Bridge

Foggy Jane Addams Memorial Park and Ohio Street Beach

Foggy city

Beautiful Chicago at night


Beautiful Stockholm

Stockholms strom, also known as Strommen, is a bay of the Baltic sea.

Kastellet is a small naval fort located on the top of the hill on the small island of Kastellholmen just outside of the old Stockholm city center. The Swedish flag, flying above the citadel, signifies whether or not the country is at peace. When it’s up (like in the pictures below) all is well in Sweden. The practice dates back to 1667, when the citadel was first built.

Nybroviken is a small bay in the central Stockholm which connects to the south with the bay Ladugardslandsviken.

Gamla Stan island is the city’s old town with the cobbled streets and colorful 17th and 18th century buildings.

Fika is a concept, a state of mind, and important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it’s important to make time for fika everyday which means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee or tea and a little something to it. There is a great variety of beautiful and cozy cafes in Stockholm where you can enjoy fika time.

Riddarholmen is a small island in central Stockholm, which forms part of Gamla Stan and houses a number of private palaces dating back to the 17th century.

Gamla Lundagatan is another charming old area on the island of Sodermaln.

Jenny Lind, a Swedish opera singer often called the “Swedish Nightingale”, statue is located in a beautiful park near Djurgardsbrunnskanalen, a canal in central Stockholm.

Founded in 1891, Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum which offers an amazing look into historical Swedish life. You can explore five centuries history with over 100 reconstructed farms and houses from different parts of Sweden. It was very interesting experience to meet the local characters working as farmers, carpenters, bakers who tell you the stories about different events and historical facts. Seglora Church is a wooden church dating back to the early 18th century. The town quarter shows urban life in Sweden during the 18th and 19th century.

The Älvros farmstead from the mid 19th century shows life in the north of Sweden, and traditional farm-bred animals.

Nordic animal at the Skansen park.

Astrid Lindgren’s Fairytale World Junibacken is situated on the island of Djurgården in the centre of Stockholm. It was an amazing experience to take a theme-train ride through the world of Astrid Lindgren’s books, with one “stage setting” for each of her well-known works, such as Madicken, Karlsson-on-the-Roof. There is also a great exhibition of different fairy tale characters inspired by amazing books. Brought back so many childhood memories.