Wanderlust Wednesday: Moscow

Wanderlust Wednesday is a series where I revisit a past travel adventure and memory. This week, we’re taking a look at Moscow, Russia.

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Although they are only 650kms apart, there’s almost no comparing St. Petersburg and Moscow—at least in m mind. While St. Petersburg was magical, ostentatious and full of old world charm, when I visited Moscow in 2012, it just wasn’t. To be completely honest, Moscow was cold, a bit sterile, and full of military and police personnel.

The above photo was taking on our arrival in the city centre of Moscow. Our bus had plans to drop us right off at Red Square, but that didn’t happen. As we drove up, the streets were blocked with military and police: we were going nowhere. This was a scene we encountered more than a few times as we tried to explore Moscow. We happened to be there over Moscow’s City Day and the city was shut down in more ways than one: police checkpoints and metal detectors littered the streets, Red Square was closed for all but an hour, and many other city sights were off-limits.

It wasn’t exactly the trip I had in mind when I left Canada, but it was unique, to say the least. As I said, Moscow definitely isn’t St. Petersburg, but I still can’t wait to go back to prove my first impression wrong.

Have you been to Moscow? What did you think?

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Wanderlust Wednesday: St. Petersburg

Wanderlust Wednesday is a series where I revisit a past travel adventure and memory. This week, I’m looking back to 2012 and my adventures at Peterhof Gardens, located approx. 45 minutes outside of St. Petersburgh, Russia.

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The two+ hours I spent exploring Peterhof Gardens was magical. Between the sunshine, the luscious gardens and forest, and the golden statues, Peterhof Garden literally sparkled.

But, then again, what can you expect when you are surrounded by dozens of recently polished gold statues?!

Modelled after Versailles (and sometimes referred to as the “Russian Versailles”), Peterhof Gardens was ostentatious to say the least. While standing on the Grande Cascade overlooking the lower gardens (pictured above), every which way you looked there were golden statues, which are refurbished regularly.

The sparkle of the statues was only matched by the sunshine glistening off the water in the Sea Channel. That combined with the forests, and you literally felt like you were walking through a fairy tale.

One of the highlights of Peterhof Gardens is the daily fountain show. Unfortunately, we were forced to miss out as our tour bus was pulling away just as the fountains turned on.

Clearly, this is a sign that I’m meant to go back.

Have you visited Peterhof Palace and Gardens? What did you think?

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