What did we do in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Hi, guys! I am back to tell you more from my travel adventure to Russia. As I mentioned in my previous post, we went not only to Moscow, but also to Saint Petersburg. Saint Petersburg is considered to be a "European city" It features elegant architecture, happening restaurants, and a rich history. We arrived when the snow was melting and raining, turning this visit into a messy trip. Unfortunately, the bad weather might have left me with a somewhat negative first impression. Contrasting with Moscow, where you can easily access the metro station and avoid walking outside, we found ourselves exposed to the elements much more often in Saint Petersburg. Lots of time was spent walking or taking a cab around, as the subway wasn't too convenient. That being said, I truly liked their bars, cute cafes, and wide variety of restaurants. We were staying in the Indigo Hotel. Since my husband likes this brand of hotel, we were treated very well with a complimentary room upgrade, free delicious drinks and chocolates, and even a free Thai massage. I would love to stay there again!

The first thing we did in Saint Petersburg was strolling along Nevski-Prospekt street. We stopped at Yeliseev Emporium. I had heard that their macaroons are the best in city. This store is really cool, because you can also get delicious souvenirs for your friends. I wish we bought our caviar there. After walking on Nevski-Prospekt, we went to grab a three-course lunch at Mickey & Monkeys, as well as try their famous crazy smoothies. Of course, we had to visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. We were impressed by the church's architecture and colorful beauty. The entrance cost was about 250 Russian Rubles per person. Later, we met with my blogger friend Maria, who offered to have dinner at "Buro," where I tried the best burger in Russia. From there, we checked out "Heiser Bar," where we found creative cocktails and an interesting interior inspired by the television series "Breaking Bad." Maria then offered to take us to another place named "Bar 812." The cocktails were a bit pricey, but definitely worth it when considering the fun cups and yummy taste.

Our next day, we decided to chill out at the Hermitage Museum. Before we got to museum, we decided to grab breakfast at one of the coolest places in city "The Village." The Village has a theater, cafes, bars, galleries, and even designer stores. We stopped at Civil Cafe to get breakfast and it was really good. After a delicious breakfast, we finally got to the Hermitage Museum. It was an incredible experience. Be prepared to spend a long time there. The collection seems endless, and you could literally spend all day (and even multiple days) there. After seeing as much as we could, we met with Maria again, grabbing dinner at "Made in China." Once again, our taste buds enjoyed every bit.

For our final full day, I enjoyed a Thai massage (my hubby went out for cultural sightseeing in the snow), the pool, and other comforts of the hotel. In the evening, we saw the ballet "Don Quixote" at Mariinsky Theatre. The Mariinsky Theatre is considered the second most beautiful theater in Russia after the Bolshoi in Moscow. Since we didn't get our hands on tickets in the Bolshoi Theater, we were perfectly happy experience the Russian ballet in St. Petersburg. The ballet was really breathtaking, but I can't tell if I would again pay $150, because in the Tbilisi theater, the ticket price is only $20 for front row seats. I hope you enjoyed reading about my travel to Russia. If you haven't yet read about Moscow, please click here.