After Helsinki we went with the train to St. Petersburg. also called the "Venice of the North". It is a very beautiful city with great architecture with a huge french influence.
The first day we strolled around and were listening to great street music in front of the famous Eremitage /State Hermitage Museum.
We also went to the beach in front of the Peter and Paul Fortress. Nevertheless, it is not recommend to swim in the river Newa...
However, the view is great to other bank of the river.
We walked over two bridges of hundreds of bridges in St. Petersburg to reach the other side to do a photo stop with the Peter and Paul Fortress in the background.
Of course after all this walking we were pretty hungry and ate famous Russian food for dinner: Blinis. Yummy!
At the end of the day we went home with the famous Metro, it is the deepest Metro in the world and it takes several minutes to get down the escalator to reach the beautiful platforms.