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New in St. Petersburg: Fashion, Fabergé and a Luxe Roman Spa

Susan Jaques | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Susan Jaques

In 1764, Russia's art-loving Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage Museum with the first of many paintings acquisitions. This year, to celebrate its 250th anniversary, the Hermitage has organized a visual feast: "At the Russian Imperial Court: Costumes of the 18th - early-20th Centuries."

Where Art Meets Science: A Conversation with Dr. Hank Hine on Marvels of Illusion at The Dali Museum

Lilia Ziamou | Posted 10.26.2014 | Arts
Lilia Ziamou

In this conversation, Dr. Hank Hine, Executive Director at The Dali Museum talks to us about Marvels of Illusion and how scientific developments influenced Dali's work.

55 Contemporary Artists Are Taking Over One Of The World's Oldest Museums

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts

Over fifty five contemporary artists have gathered in St. Petersburg to infiltrate one of the world's oldest museums. Why? Because Manifesta, the noma...

Bitcoin Will Have Its Own Football Game Because Everything Is Awful

The Huffington Post | Dino Grandoni | Posted 06.18.2014 | Technology

Everyone's favorite crypto-currency is finally getting some much-needed legitimacy. No, the Fed isn't making Bitcoin the national currency. Someth...

Your Guide to Coast-to-Coast Gay Pride

Jim Werner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jim Werner

Break out the white shoes and rainbow flags. Memorial Day is Monday, and gay Pride season isn't far behind. June brings long days and LGBT events across the land.

The 8 Most Underrated Beer Cities

U.S. News Travel | Posted 07.05.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Perhaps you and your taste buds are ready to explore a new frontier (with someone else behind the wheel, of course).

Russian Buildings Pretty Enough to Eat

Rita Anya Nara | Posted 07.05.2014 | Travel
Rita Anya Nara

Are we supposed to love or hate Russia right now? Yeah, they hosted a fabulous Olympics; then, less than three weeks later, decided to slice off a pie...

I'll Have St. Pete With A Squeeze Of Lime

John Malik | Posted 06.14.2014 | Taste
John Malik

Waking up to a view of gently swaying sailboats on shimmering salt water set the tone for the weekend.

Why the West Gets Putin So Wrong

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Putin is being consistent with his training in martial arts and the KGB -- he is disciplined, calculating, precise, and seized an opportunity that presented itself in pursuit of his objectives. His thought process is not driven by Western principles, but, rather, realpolitik.

My Mother Left Russia With Rags on Her Feet - Part Two

Sandra Sallin | Posted 05.18.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Sallin

On one hand, I vividly remembered my mother's sad stories. On the other hand, I was looking forward to enjoying the art and majesty of Imperial Russia. This was a personal conflict that I would experience during my entire visit.

Paula Witthaus, St. Pete Advocate and Activist for the Needyand Marginalized, Slain and Truly Missed

Gary Stein | Posted 04.20.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

When I introduced myself, every part of her face smiled at me from her eyes to her chin. My column is meant to raise Paula to the high level that she deserved.

My Mother Escaped Russia With Rags on her Feet

Sandra Sallin | Posted 04.06.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Sallin

She left with her family In the middle of the winter of 1917 and walked across frozen rivers, frozen lakes, across Poland and Germany to Holland. Throughout her life, she told me that the meal of bread and milk she was given in Holland, was the most delicious meal she had ever eaten

Sochi, Tsar Vladimir's Black Sea St. Vladimirsburg

John Brown | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
John Brown

St. Petersburg was constructed at great human and economic cost. So is the implementation of Putin's Sochi's urban/sport/entertainment fantasy, which some predict could turn into a nightmare.

Slow Boat to Moscow

Barbara Barton Sloane | Posted 01.19.2015 | Travel
Barbara Barton Sloane

I recently cruised the Viking Waterways of the Czars excursion from St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow on this, the largest fleet of river vessels in the world.

The Prettiest Holiday Instagram Spot

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 12.12.2013 | Travel

Some places just look prettier on Instagram than in regular photos. We'll have to hand it to St. Petersburg, Russia-- the city is already pretty c...

Did Russia Spy On G20 Leaders With Teddy Bears?

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2013 | World

ROME/MOSCOW, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Russia has denied reports that its intelligence services spied on hundreds of foreign delegates at a Group of 20 sum...

Gay Rights Advocates Fight Opponents In Violent Protest

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Police arrested 67 people after a fight broke out between gay rights activists and their opponents at a de...

From Russia With Cheer: Queer Festival a Major Success in Saint Petersburg

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Long before the world and Vladimir Putin had discovered Pussy Riot, the main global campaign for persecuted artists in Russia focused on freeing Voina. Then things got worse.

Market Scenes in St. Petersburg

Rick Steves | Posted 11.24.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

While St. Petersburg has lots of earthshaking turnstile sights, simply visiting a neighborhood market is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable ex...

A Trendy St. Petersburg Park -- Courtesy of a Shadowy Benefactor

Rick Steves | Posted 11.24.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Back in the 1990s when the Soviet Union collapsed, the ownership of Russia passed from the state to the people through a well-intended but chaotic sys...

Sightseeing in St. Petersburg

Rick Steves | Posted 11.23.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

I was so impressed by the sightseeing in St. Petersburg that my filming plans were bumped up a notch. Before my visit I had thought "to express my fru...

You Know You've Been in Russia Too Long When...

Rick Steves | Posted 11.23.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Steve Caron opened the first youth hostel in Russia in the early 1990s. I visited him back then and it was fun to visit again. Today, St. Petersburg h...

Snapshots from St. Petersburg

Rick Steves | Posted 11.20.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Trish and I went through the formalities on our ship so we could leave it in St. Petersburg, before the cruise ended in Copenhagen. We then caught a t...

The Expensive Reality of Russia's Tourist Visas

Rick Steves | Posted 11.19.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Unfortunately, Russia still requires a visa for tourists. It's expensive ($170-$250), you have to answer a slew of probing questions, and you're essen...

Jumping Ship in St. Petersburg

Rick Steves | Posted 11.18.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Rather than see Tallinn (which I had recently visited) and spend another day at sea returning to Copenhagen, Trish and I jumped ship in St. Petersburg...