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A view across St Petersburg

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Our last day in St Petersburg was still chilly, but bright and sunny. We took advantage of the excellent visibility by climbing to one of the higher points in the town.

Smolny Cathedral and Institute

Smolny Cathedral and the Smolny Institute

Smolny Cathedral

Smolny Cathedral

Smolny Cathedral

Smolny Cathedral and the adjoining Smolny Institute are a little way from the centre, overlooking the river.

For 100rubles each it’s allowed to climb a dusty staircase up the bell towers to an iron viewing platform. From there the view is as breath-taking as the 278 step climb.

Looking down from the bell tower

Looking down from the bell tower

Looking down from the bell tower

Looking down from the bell tower

Looking down from the bell tower

Looking down from the bell tower toward the river

Inside the Peter and Paul Fortress

Inside the Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter and Paul Fortress

This is the first city fortress, literally the “Old town”, which also serves as a burial vault for the Romanov Royal family.

Gates of the fortress

Gates of the fortress

Church inside the fortress

Church inside the fortress

The fortress is also home to a number of bronze rabbits

Rabbit by the access bridge

Rabbit by the access bridge

Rabbit by the bench

Rabbit by the bench

Rabbit by the gift shop

Rabbit by the gift shop

Peter the Great's Cabin

Peter the Great’s Wooden Cabin

Cabin of Peter the Great

300 years ago this wooden hut was the first building erected in St.Petersburg, from which Peter the Great founder the whole city.

Dining Room

Dining Room

Peter the Great Boat

Peter the Great’s Canoe

Office

Office

Frozen River

Looking back toward the fortress over the frozen river

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Since leaving London in 2006 I’ve travelled, worked, volunteered and lived in over 90 countries. Highlights so far would be driving along the Silk Road from Beijing to Istanbul, a complete circuit of South America and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica. I’m currently back in Beijing, as a base to visit more of Asia and attempt to learn Mandarin.

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