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St Petersburg Honeymoon
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If you’re going to head to St Petes, it’s well worth braving the fierce cold to experience the city at one of its most atmospheric and romantic times, when snuggling up indoors or wrapping up warm to visit sites and experience the high arts is the order of the day. A traditional shot of vodka is sure to keep you warm.
St Petersburg has a long history as an artistic and cultural centre, and it is brimming with opulent buildings and cultural offerings. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great as a “window to the West” and built by Italian architects, its network of canals and Baroque and Neoclassical architecture give the city a distinct Continental flavour. You can easily lose yourself amongst the three million works of art at the world famous Hermitage Museum, or at the winter festivals. In December and January the city comes alive with classical music, and February sees the Ballet Festival.
Honeymoon Highlights of St Petersburg
- Wrap up warm and explore on foot to appreciate the colourful Baroque architecture against a snowy backdrop.
- A cruise along the canals will reveal parts of the city not seen from the streets and magnificent palaces at the water’s edge.
- Enjoy a classical ballet such as Swan Lake at the Mariinsky Theatre, where we can arrange a behind-the-scenes tour.
- A tasting session at a city restaurant or secret wine cellar will introduce several varieties of caviar, accompanied by vodka or Champagne.
- St Petersburg is a treasure trove of antiques, clothes, and pieces of art; look out for your own piece of Russian art in the flea markets.
Simply walking around and admiring the palaces and oniondomed churches glittering with snow and icicles are very atmospheric – as is a walk along the river or through the city’s parks. A ride on a Russian Troika is also fun; three horses will pull you along in a carriage painted in traditional Russian style, with the ring of their bridle bells providing the soundtrack. Outside of the city, the Imperial estates at Petrodvorets and Pavlovsk are inspiring natural settings in winter, offering an insight into Russia’s royal past.
Kuznechnyi market sells the best fresh produce in town. The plethora of fruit and vegetables is impressive both in terms of volume and quality, and there are all sorts of herbs, spices, nuts and delicious fresh honey. The stall-holders vie for attention and are normally willing to work on a try-before-you-buy basis, making browsing particularly fun. There are also delicious meats on offer, prepared by the in-house butcher. At the Russian Feast, you can sample traditional fruit and herb liqueurs (nalivka/ nastoika) as you learn about feast rites, symbolic music and traditional costumes.
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