AroundTheWorld: Russia

A few months belated, but couldn't put off posting about my final stop on my European vacation from this summer. Saint Petersburg was an absolutely amazing city - probably my favorite of the whole trip.  It was so interesting to experience a city that looked so much like cities of Western Europe, but felt exactly like what you'd expect of Russia.

Even as I type this blog post, I still can't believe that I went to Russia. I never thought my life's travels would take me there, but am so thankful that they did!

All of the cities that we had been to before this point had absolutely no language barrier and were very warm and welcoming to tourists. We were definitely a little anxious about what it would be like in Saint Petersburg, especially when it came to finding restaurants. We agreed that this would be the city where we were both very ok with eating at American fast food long as we did get in a few authentic Russian meals as well.

Our first meal in the country was pretty authentic restaurant called Ivanoff House. We kicked it off with some Russian beer (thought they were only in the vodka business!) in honor of DWB's 30th birthday. Na zdorovye!

My grandma would be so proud...
Eating kasha varnishkes very close to her homeland!

Beef stroganoff really does exist over there!

Potato latkes...err, pancakes

Vodka from Eliseyev Emporium
A gorgeous gourmet food shop that has been around for over 100 years

Beautiful macarons

These are actually sweet pastries!

As promised, here is our trip to McDonald's

A Diet Coke this size will soon be banned in NYC - Thanks Bloomberg!

Some of the only cyrillic we could read: Tomato Ketchup!

We quickly discovered that ice cream was so popular there.  Maybe it was because it wasn't freezing out like the rest of the year, or maybe it was the fact that the sun was up for 20 hours each day.  Regardless, it was definitely a nice treat.  And they only cost ~$1!  Talk about ice cream with a view...

In front of the Hermitage Museum @ the Winter Palace

On a bridge over the Fontanka Canal