Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Of St. Petersburg: Towers

St. Petersburg is a city of lovely architecture, much of it designed when it was home to the Tsars who loved all things French and brought in Western architects and made giant Versailles-ripoff country homes and the like. Today we present no pictures of that kind of architecture.

In any case, some people complain that St. Petersburg isn't as interesting as Moscow because it just feels like another European city. There is some truth there, but there's also the fact that European cities are nice. And things designed and built in the Soviet era are, well, less nice. This is all to say that your correspondent enjoyed St. Petersburg. Nothing against Moscow, of course. They do have a lot in common - they're both ridiculously expensive, for example. And the people in both are an odd mix of friendly and cold that I can't put my finger on. I liked them both, but didn't fall in love with either.

In any case, a good time was had by all, including the Official Staff In-Laws.

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