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St. Petersburg – place you always want to return




St. Petersburg is a place where you want to come back again and again. People call it Russian Venice, and the Northern capital. There are so many beautiful places, almost 250 museums, more than 300 bridges, beautiful cathedrals, and so on.

If you decide to visit St. Petersburg, it is a great idea. I share a map for 2 days visit:

Day 1

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Day 2

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You can add or remove places you wish to visit. For example, walking through the Nevskiy Prospect you can visit Bulla Fund museum-photo. Working hours: Mon–Sat: 10:00–20:00.  And near that building you can make a photo with photographer monument. And on the way to Anichkov bridge you can see a very interesting gift shop which is called “Mood Generator” (Генератор Настроения).

Yekaterinskiy square also is on Nevskiy avenue.



St. Petersburg is a very green city full of parks. I took this photo in one my favorites, Park Pobedy (Victory Park). It is situated near the subway Park Pobedy, and Pulkovo airport.



Another beautiful park is New Holland island. You can search for events (like Kite Festival) in this island.





Near the metro station Gorkovskaya there is a great park Aleksandrovskiy.



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Going through this park you’ll see Peter and Paul Fortress. It is original citadel of the city. This building was used as a political prison under the czars. Here you can visit History Museum.




In my other posts I’ll inform you about museums of Petersburg and free visiting days 🙂

If you are a bookworm you’d visit Singer House (Дом компании «Зингер»), also widely known as Book House (Дом книги). It is a historical landmark building and officially recognized as an object of Russian historical-cultural heritage. There is a great range of interesting books for everyone and lots of interesting gifts. By the way the office of is there 😉






You can easily reach Kazan Cathedral from Book House.

By the way, don’t be afraid that you can be lost. There are maps in every metro station and avenue, and you can find your way without problems.




One of the Petersburg Cathedrals is Isaakyevskiy Sobor. This gold-domed, ornate, 19th-century cathedral is the third largest domed cathedral in the world. You can reach that place from M. Admiralteyskaya.

By the way, there is Dolls Gallery near that cathedral. Working hours: Tue–Fri: 12:00–19:00 and Sat: 12:00–18:00




Chesma Cathedral is not situated in the center of the city. I liked it. It is very beautiful.


The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood(Храм Спаса на Крови) is the most famous cathedral  of the Petersburg. It is incredibly beautiful and really amazing. Not only inside but also outside of the cathedral is fascinating.

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One of the most famous art museums in the world housed in the Hermitage, and contains over 2.7 million exhibits. Working hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30 – 18.00 (ticket offices are open until 17.30); Wednesday 10.30 – 21.00 (ticket offices are open until 20.30); Monday – closed. If you are in St. Petersburg in first Thursday of the month you can visit Hermitage for free, till 17:00.  You can buy tickets online, as there is a great queue.

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Near the Hermitage there is a Palace Suqre.




Cruiser Aurora is worth visiting for its history.



Walking along the Neva we found very beautiful ship.


There are a lot of interesting monuments in the city.

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Narva Triumphal Arch is a monument to the victory over Napoleon in the war of 1812. You can go there through metro station Narvskaya.



If you are near the Vosstaniya square, just go along the Ligovskiy avenue, you can visit Non-conformist museum aaaaannnnddd John Lennon street.



For the end of the post, if you want to eat cheap you can buy something in the street, or go to Stolovaya.



In my next posts I’ll share with you more useful information about other places to visit, like Freud Museum, Sand Museum, a map with addresses of the heroes in the novel “Crime and Punishment”.


100 Ways to be Kind to Your Child


Tell your child:

1. I love you.
2. I love you no matter what.
3. I love you even when you are angry at me.
4. I love you even when I am angry with you.
5. I love you when you are far way.  My love for you can reach you wherever you are.
6. If I could pick any 4 year old (5 year old, 6 year old…) in the whole wide world, I’d pick you.
7. I love you to the moon and then around the stars and back again.
8. Thank you.
9. I enjoyed playing with you today.
10. My favorite part of the day was when I was with you and we _______.

11. The story of their birth or adoption.
12. About how you cuddled them when they were a baby.
13. The story of their name.
14. A story about yourself when you were their age.
15. The story of how their grandparents met.
16. What your favorite color is.
17. That sometimes you struggle too.
18. That when you’re holding hands and you give three squeezes, it’s a secret code that means, “I love you”.
19. What the plan is.
20. What you’re doing right now.

21. Charades
22. Hop Scotch
23. Board Games
24. Hide & Seek
25. Simon Says
26. Twenty Questions
27. I Spy on long car rides
28. Catch

29. To catch their kiss and put it on your cheek.
30. That their tickle tank is empty and you have to fill it.
31. That their high five is so powerful it nearly knocks you over.
32. That you are super ticklish.
33. That you are explorers in the amazing world of your own backyard.
34. That it’s party day!

35. To get enough sleep.
36. To drink enough water.
37. To eat decent food.
38. Dressing in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable.
39. Calling a friend the next time you feel like you are about to lose it with the kids.
40. Giving a gentle touch to show approval.
41. Dancing in the kitchen.
42. To get your kids to bop to the music with you in the car.
43. Showing your kids that you can do a somersault or handstand or a cartwheel.
44. Keeping the sigh to yourself.
45. Using a kind voice, even if you have to fake it.

46. A book of silly poems.
47. A story and then act out the plot.
48. Your favorite childhood book to them.
49. When the afternoon is starting to go astray.
50. Outside under a tree.
51. In the library kids corner.
52. The comic book they love that you’re not so hot on.
53. About age appropriate behavior so you can keep your expectations realistic.

54. To your child in the car.
55. To silly songs together.
56. For that question that means your child really needs your input.
57. One second longer than you think you have patience for.
58. For the feelings behind your child’s words.

59. Why do you think that happens?
60. What do you think would happen if______?
61. How shall we find out?
62. What are you thinking about?
63. What was your favorite part of the day?
64. What do you think this tastes like?

65. Your child how to do something instead of banning them from it.
66. How to whistle with a blade of grass.
67. How to shuffle cards- make a bridge if you can!
68. How to cut food.
69. How to fold laundry.
70. How to look up information when you don’t know the answer.
71. Affection to your spouse.
72. That taking care of yourself is important.

Take Time:
73. To watch construction sites.
74. To look at the birds.
75. To let your child pour ingredients into the bowl.
76. To walk places together.
77. To dig in the dirt together.
78. To do a task at your child’s pace.
79. To just sit with your child while they play.

80. That your child is capable.
81. That you are the right parent for your child.
82. That you are enough.
83. That you can do what is right for your family.

84. Clean your child’s room as a surprise.
85. Put chocolate chips in the pancakes.
86. Put a love note in their lunch.
87. Make their snack into a smiley face shape.
88. Make sound effects while you help them do something.
89. Sit on the floor with them to play.

Let Go:
90. Of the guilt.
91. Of how you thought it was going to be.
92. Of your need to be right.

93. A kind look.
94. A smile when your child walks into the room.
95. A kind touch back when your child touches you.
96. The chance to connect before you correct so that your child can actually hear your words.
97. Your child a chance to work out their frustrations before helping them.
98. A bath when the day feels long.
99. A hug.
100. You get to choose the next one!  What is your favorite way to be kind to your child?



Don’t complain


See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.


Eckhart Tolle