Street Shots from St. Petersburg – a city of exquisite architecture mixed with modern elements

 

St.Petersburg – what a city! I’ve just returned from a 2-week stay in this beautiful town and I’d like to share some impressions with you.

There is the exquisite architecture – which makes the street’s facades like a museum. I spent hours twisting my neck in the weirdest positions, just to have a look at the mesmerizing houses.

But of course, this city has all the modernity you’d expect from a cosmopolitain town! I’ve stumbled upon Cartier (an entire Cartier house, actually) and Karl, too! Yes, Karl Lagerfeld is about to open a boutique on Bolshoi Prospekt, just a stone’s throw away from my apartment. 🙂 I am looking forward to checking out what Karl will offer next time I go back.

What I liked best is that people really make an effort to look good when out and about. Women gracefully walk on the highest of high heels and don’t wobble even when crossing the zebra crossing means decending by a foot from the ultra-high side walk.

You can have a look at the photos, I think they speak for themselves!

 

 

Near the Neva River and Petropavlovskaya Krepost, stands my new absolute fave: A pistaccio building:

 

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An hour later, near the same building a wedding party arrived in their ride:

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This antiques shop on Zverinskaya Ulica shows a beautiful reflection of the surrounding architecture – as if time stood still.

 

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A very typical St. Petersburg apartment block.

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Let me zoom in……

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This is how we ride:

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Or like this, with spray imagery on the cars. Very interesting, in Russia quite a few cars are decorated with various motifs on the outside. It is legal and makes for a nice change in the daily traffic!

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Or like this, oldskool style:

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A view of Church of the Savior on Blood:

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And for all fashion designers:  just at the next corner – the famous Singer Building! Yes, Singer, just like the sewing machines.

“The building was designed by architect Pavel Suzor for the Russian branch of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. The management of the Singer Company initially intended to construct a skyscraper, similar to the Singer Building, the company headquarters being built at that time in New York, but the Saint Petersburg building code did not allow structures taller than the Winter Palace, residence of the emperor. The architect found an elegant solution to the limit of 23.5 meters: the six-storey Art Nouveau building is crowned with a glass tower, which in turn is topped by a glass globe sculpture created by the Estonian artist Amandus Adamson.” After the Revolution, Singer was changed. Now it is the largest book store in town.

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The Cartier building:

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Armani has just moved into the building near my flat:Image

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A Tony and Guy is hiding in this cracked building:

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A view from inside the Hermitage, as it “swims” along the Neva for ever…..

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The Hermitage from the outside:Image

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Some street shots outsie the Hermitage:

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The Soviet-style ribbons in the hair are very nostalgice, especially for Russians! Wonder why this girl decided to wear it like this?

 

 

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Lavender coat:

 

 

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Lavender coat too!

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Fashionable Karl will sort it all out!

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