We took the night train from Moscow to St Petersburg. The city of St Petersburg has more of an European vibe compared to Moscow. The directions in the metro stations were given in English script as well, so we didn't have to complete the puzzles on the signs anymore to get around. Still we walked most of the time guided by a map.
We walked the Nevski Prospect, the most famous street in Russia and we saw the many eye-dropping cathedrals. We went to the Hermitage museum in the Winterpalace and we managed to see the main expositions within a few hours. We are no museum geeks, but I assume some people can wander around this museum for days. One evening we did a boat-trip on he canals in the city. It was like the Russian version of Venice or Amsterdam.
Because of mid-summertime the nights were short in St Petersburg. Darkness only settled in for two or three hours. The sun was shining and temperatures were high. It was a pleasant trip on the Neva river to Peterhof (summer palace from Peter the Great) and to the Peter and Paul fortress. There even was a city beach on the Neva river.
With good memories of our trip to the USA two years before, Joost and I decided to go travelling together again. This time we choose to get and impression of a complete different society. Therefore we booked a flight to Russia. We stayed in the outskirts of Moscow, from where we could easily reach the city centre by metro. We were impressed by the beautiful metro stations in Moscow and even more by the sites in the city.
We walked miles and miles to explore the city and its stunning architecture. We used the Red Square as a central point of our travel map and every day we admired this immense square. Other highlights of our stay in Moscow were the Kremlin, Sparrow Hill and the miles we walked in the city. But we sure didn't forget to take some time to chill out with an ice-cold glass of beer on the Moskva river or to enjoy some Russian music in Gorky Park.