|The tour of this beautiful city starts from the B&B where I'm staying, walking to the Arctic and Antarctic museum.|
|Walking in St. Petersburg. This city has also a very efficient metro subway system, with beautiful stations. However, in order to enjoy the city more, I prefer to walk all the way.
|A church and a Christmas tree.|
|The museum of Arctic and Antarctic. This hall is dedicated to the arctic and there is also a northen light simulator (impossible to represent on a picture!)
|A reconstruction of the Krassin icebreaker saving the members of Umberto Nobile's expedition to the North Pole.|
|This hall is dedicated to Antarctica. There are samples of suites used during the expeditions, information on wildlife and scientific bases.
|Photos of St. Petersburg. From the Arctic and Antarctic museum, I walk along the Nevsky prospektive, up to Hermitage square.|
|The huge Hermitage square.|
|The Hermitage palace has over 1000 rooms and to visit all of the them, a full week may be required. I thence limit the visit to really few rooms, illustrated here and below.|
|Photos of Hermitage in St. Petersburg.|
|The tour of St. Petersburg continues with a vist to the Krassin icebreaker, now docked in the Neva river and converted to a museum. This ship had great importance during the exploration of the artic regions the past century.|
|Thanks to the hull's shape, kept together by over 4 millions of rivets, the Krassin was able to break ice up to 2.5 meters of thickness, a real record for an icebreaker more than 90 years old.|
|This hall is dedicated to the rescue of Umberto Nobile's expedition team to the North Pole, after the wrek of Italia airship.|
|The dinning room. The picture over the left wall represents the Krassin how it was, when built over 90 years ago. From then, it was refurbished many times and was converted from coal to diesel.|
|The bridge and various instruments.|
|I then continue my visit to St. Petersburg, walking along Neva river, with views over Hermitage.
|The St. Nicholas, Christ our Savior church, seen at night.|
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