St. Petersburg is easy to see on your own because many attractions are within convenient walking distance. We spent 8 days there and would like to go back for more. The first objective of our trip was to see the Hermitage State Museum because its art collection is world-renowned. We spent 3 days there. We didn’t see everything, but we studied the European painting galleries with care. The light was poor and the crowds were huge, but I got some pretty good shots. We were fascinated with our visit to the Russian Museum and spent a whole day there viewing art made by Russians. The splendid fountains and gardens of Peterhof made for a great day trip. We took a bus tour out to Catherine Palace before going by train to Moscow the next day.

St. Petersburg