I'm well aware of the general opinion about St-Petersburg as a elegant, stylish but "unrealistic" city, "city of museums and museum of the city", as Dostoyevsky wrote once, "most unreal and strange city in the world".
This maybe right if one look only at the Neva river embankments, Palace Square and Nevsky Avenue and so on; but if take some small effort and walk only one kilometer or so from Nevsky and major sights, to the districts around Mariinsky Theater, one can find nice, cozy, homely and unofficial-looking places.
There are lot of small bridges across small channels, embankments built with houses made mostly in XIX century, some decent churches and so on.
If you happen to be in St-Petersburg, take a small detour from the major sights and walk in these places, maybe you will like them.
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daddo (27614) 2010-11-08 2:39
Zdravo Uhu. Even these smaller places look grand to me. Everything is a little ostentatious, nothing is simple. Not that I am complaining- after all it is a special city with a special mood. Nice balance to the image and pleasant colours. Regards. Klaudio.
jalab_temen (2193) 2010-11-08 3:09
Uhu, let me start with something personal: when I visited SPB I saw nice albums in a book-store of twin-cities, like Venice, Paris, Amsterdam. Looking at your photo I found the reminiscence of Venetian (bridge and lion-statues), Parisian (candelabers, decoration of newels), Hollandese mood (tones of houses) in one photo, in one corner. Altogether it is truely SPB, a unique city to visit and experience.
You are right, this is a more intimate face of the grandious metropolis of SPB, but I think Griboedov Canal and Lion's Bridge is not a hidden-but-found, but a real major landmark of SPB. I love this photo at all, so I marked it as one of my Favs! Thanks for sharing.
serp2000 (45308) 2010-11-08 4:06
Мои поздравления! Хороший снимок. Увидел название- вспомнил Cozy Powell- известного в прошлом барабанщика.
Да, я помню этот мостик. Гуляли и тут. Вообще, мост это очень философское понятие. Поэтому, к ним всегда повышенный интерес.
pauloog (11751) 2010-11-08 8:26
Hello cozy bird,
Good to show the less spectacular side of this city, although the lions still do their best to impress on the users of this bridge...
batalay (39909) 2010-11-13 14:06
This is the sort of walking tour I missed, when we failed to get together at the end of June. We did however take a canal boat trip, our head missing the undersides of these bridges. St. Petersburg is indeed one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I must post some of my shots from late June.
MLINES (12516) 2010-12-29 14:58
Hi Uhu, Your images from Russia are astounding, and this is no exception. The classical bridge is an ideal subject to learn about the world for those who are unlikely to go there in person. I like the symmetrical image and the clarity of the marble (or concrete) lions. They are reminiscent of the symbol for Singapore. TFS. Murray.