Saturday, 20 December 2008

Honeymoon Highlights I: St Petersburg

It's over two months since I got back from honeymoon, but I didn't have a blog then to post pictures to. Also, I've just finished properly going through all the photos again - plus I entered one of them into a National Geographic competition and it won!!

The honeymoon, for those who don't know, was a trip on the transmongolian railway - St Petersburg to Beijing by rail. I'm currently working on an article about the trip (and I've already blogged about my favourite food places), so this is a cherry-pick of only a tiny number of photos from the 4GB of memory cards that we filled, that don't really fit in anywhere else.

Starting in St Petersburg... more to follow shortly.

St Petersburg is riddled with canals - we found ourselves navigating by them more than by roads (left along the towpath, past three bridges...)

Here comes the bride! Everywhere we went in St Petersburg (and Moscow, for that matter) stretch limosines took wedding parties and photographers to have their pictures taken with every major landmark. If that was a tradition in the UK, I'd have got very good at Photoshop to save everyone's time!

The Financial Times which we picked up on the plane had an article about special flavours of crisps for the Russian market, including mushroom & sour cream. I managed to track down a packet, and they were delicious - come on, Walkers, you can release these in Britain too!

On our last day, before catching the overnight train to Moscow, we took the boat across to the Peterhof - St Petersburg's summer palace. This was by no means the most spectacular fountain there, I just like the composition of this photo.


Pam said...

Congratulations on winning with your photo!

Veggie said...

Wow, you've done alot of travelling. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I can't read Russian but I was wondering what flavour of chips those are, it looks like a bowl of mushrooms. Do they have perogi flavoured chips in Russia?

Rachel Cotterill said...

Those ones are mushroom & sour cream flavour. Really yummy! I had to go and google 'perogi', must have missed those - certainly didn't see any other strange flavours of crisps. Thanks for dropping by :)

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