St Pete, Russia. City of Cakes

St. Pete, Russia, City of Cakes

During the White Nights of 2012, my husband and I were working and living in St. Petersburg. Every chance I got, I’d walk around the city which I felt was always beckoning me outside to devour more pieces of old Russia’s splendor. When I think of St. Pete today, I recall gold leaf, creamy palaces and white fountains. I found some old notes and photos I took during the magical time I spent there.

July 2012

I looked up at the dentil moldings, white against the mint green walls of St Catherine Church on Nevsky Prospect. I thought of how this city feels like a collection of grand wedding cakes, with the icing-like architectural details, fantastic candy colored palaces, ornate cathedrals and gilded bridges.

St Pete Russia pink building facade

St Pete Russia street view

The historic buildings are in creamy fondant hues of green, pink and baby blue.

St Isaac's Church view from top

View from the top of St. Isaac’s Church. 

The Russian Museum’s buttercream façade is piped with columns and pillars like white frosting. Inside there’s gold everywhere. The legendary and enormous Hermitage is the gigantic dessert with its mint green — or is it aqua — exterior. Inside, the walls and ceilings are embellished with gold, white and shiny trim, almost like nonpareils.

Inside the Hermitage

Inside the Hermitage, just like icing.

spb 12 hermitage gold

Gold, gold and more gold

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