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About julijoyeux

I am looking to find myself in France. When I do, I'll share my pictures and stories with you!

I Don’t Have A Solution

First supposition: People hate lots of things, including other people. Hypothetically, as long as I don’t cause harm to someone I hate or incite violence toward that person, which are criminal acts, I am allowed to go around saying “I … Continue reading

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Up and Down Nevsky Prospekt

The main avenue through the historic heart of SPb is Nevsky Prospekt. Intersected by canals, canvassed by buses, and undergrounded by the metro, NP is at times eight lanes of traffic (maybe ten?) and the road has ridges (like Ruffles), … Continue reading

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Time Warp

In chronological fashion, this post would be about the return trip to Tallinn, but I’m not through sharing SPb yet 🙂 I haven’t even mentioned the cathedrals and churches. The Russian Orthodox buildings (many and mostly) are typically onion-domed on … Continue reading

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Last day in St. Petersburg

But not my last post about everything I saw and did there 🙂  Two more museums were on my agenda-the Russian Museum of Ethnography, and the Russian Vodka Museum. With expert planning, I explored the latter at the dinner hour … Continue reading

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Hermitage Day 2

The Hermitage is a must see museum if you’re in St. Petersburg, even if it’s just for the imperial apartments. That’s mostly how my visit turned out because crowds detracted a lot from my painting gazing. Once again, I was … Continue reading

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Foresight Can Be 20/20

I booked my ticket online for the Hermitage to span two days and include the day when it’s museums were open until 9:00 pm. Now, I can’t imagine seeing the Hermitage any other way. In total, I spent eight hours … Continue reading

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Peterhof

Before Catherine’s Palace there was Peterhof, Peter the Great’s summer Palace also located outside the city. I chose the quick and easy hydrofoil trip this time-1/2 hour of skimming the Neva River and Bay of Finland. And I decided not … Continue reading

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Tsarskoye Selo

or Catherine’s Summer Palace and Gardens are located outside of St. Petersburg. My journey began on the very efficient metro. Because SPb is built on marshland of the Neva River, the subway tunnels are VERY deep and I descended a … Continue reading

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Historic Heart

How thoughtful to put most of the sites of St. Petersburg within the “historic heart”. In addition to the hoho bus, I followed Lonely Planet’s Neighborhood Walk out of order to capture more photos, experiences, and flavors of this area. … Continue reading

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Preplanned and Prepaid

There is so much I wanted to see and do in St. Petersburg, partially because the inconvenience and expense of getting a Russian visa is a big drawback for casual travel there. So, I planned a LOT and booked tours … Continue reading

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