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. 🙂