A walk along the winter Neva

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We’re staying with relatives while we’re in St Petersburg, so we have a place in Valsilyevsi Ostrov on the 6th line, yes just like in New York they give the streets here numbers. Also just like Manhattan Valsilyevsi Ostrov is an island, in fact the largest of the islands on which St Petersburg is built. Today we’re going to visit the Hermitage, but first a stroll along the Neva to see if the central Admiralty Museum is open, it was closed for renovations as it turned out.

For those of you wondering whether it’s as cold as it looks, the moisture in the air here means that the wind that comes whistling off the Neva can cut you like a knife, I felt warmer in Chelyabinsk actually. Not quite like walking along the Seine on a warm summer day, but it does have a certain frigid charm. šŸ™‚

Early morning light creeping down the spires of  St Andrews, Vasilyevski Ostrov.

Early morning light creeping down the spires of St Andrews, Vasilyevski Ostrov.

The green onion spires of Church of the Annunciation, Vasilyevski Ostrov

The green domes of Church of the Annunciation, Vasilyevski Ostrov

Looking along the Neva towards the Strelka (nose) or tip of Vasilievsky Island.

Looking along the Neva towards the Strelka (nose) tip of Vasilievsky Island.

Soviet era star from the Blagoveshchensky (Annunciation) Bridge

Soviet era star from the Blagoveshchensky (Annunciation) Bridge. The bridge has had many names, Nevsky, Blagoveshchensky, Nikolaevskvy, Lieutenant Schmidt (a hero of the 1905 uprising) and finally back to Blagoveshchensky. 

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View of Dvortsovvy Most bridge, from the north side, with river ice pushed up into pressure ridges by the current.

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Dawn breaking behind the dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral, Nevsk Prospekt across the Bolshaya Neva.

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