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Appropriate Dress- Wedding attire/Traveling attire

by kbv

I'll be leaving soon for St P/Moscow for a week, and I'm trying to travel light. My friend who is originally from St P, but hasnt been for awhile told me NOT to wear jeans. Not sure what else to wear when I'm traveling around. any thoughts?

Also, going to a 2pm wedding in Moscow, planning on wearing a black dress with a wrap. The reception is at 7pm in a hotel so I'm not concerned with being cold. does this sound okay?


RE: Appropriate Dress- Wedding attire/Traveling attire

by travelmad478

I'm not sure why someone would tell you not to wear jeans (unless just because it is hot in the summer!) Pretty much everyone you see will be wearing jeans. I can't imagine why you wouldn't! Russian women do tend to be a little more "girly" in their attire, but that doesn't mean you have to. Heck, you're a tourist. No one cares.

Your wedding attire sounds fine although black may be a little gloomy for a daytime wedding in the summer. Russian weddings tend to be a little less formal than those in the US/Europe--a nice dress is just fine, no need to go super-overboard with evening wear or anything like that.

RE: Appropriate Dress- Wedding attire/Traveling attire

by Tuzik

Jeans are absolutely fine. I wouldn't attempt to go to a church service in jeans, though. Same goes for a fancy restaurant or a world premier of ballet or opera. If you decide to wear shorts, you might stand out, but jeans - no! Your evening attire sounds fine, too.

Travel Tips for Saint Petersburg

Bridges (Part III)

by Canadienne

Designed by Pyotr Klodt in 1839-41, the Anichkov Bridge (Anichkov most) is certainly one of the most famous in St. Petersburg.

Its equestrian statues were so popular they were hard to keep on hand through the years. . .originally, doubles were made of each statue, so that pairs would stand at each end of the bridge, but shortly after completion, Nicholas I sent two of the statues to Berlin as a present.

Two temporary statues were later replaced by metal sculptures, but those too were soon taken down and sent to the King of Naples. Ever hopefuly, Klodt created two new sculptures ~ a kneeling man and a youth under the hooves of a stallion. These would be paired with a young man leading a horse and another attempting to keep one under control. Located right in the centre of Nevsky Prospekt, this bridge is a link between the modernity of the city (the shops, the traffic, the people) and its history.

This is a very busy crossing, so if you stop to take photographs, keep an eye on your belongings.

Unity Day

by budapest8

The BBC reports that on November 4th Russians celebrated
"Unity Day.(or National unity day, Russian: День народного единства),
first celebrated in 2005, commemorates the popular uprising
which ejected the Polish-Lithuanian occupying force from Moscow
in November of 1612, and more generally the end of the
Time of Troubles and foreign intervention in Russia.
" The Beeb explains: "The Day of People's Unity was created last year
after the parliament scrapped the 7 November public holiday
marking the 1917 Bolshevik uprising. The new 4 November
holiday marks the end of Polish occupation in 1612. Moscow's
liberation from Polish invaders was achieved in 1612 by a volunteer
army raised by a prince and a merchant from the city of Nizhny
Novgorod." According to the Beeb, not only do "polls show only
8% could name the new holiday, while more than 60% opposed
dropping Revolution Day" but the new holiday was seized upon
last year by racist fanatics to launch public
demonstrations against foreigners in Russia.

Don't forget the umbrella!

by lifeisatrip

For a summer trip to St. Petersburg, pack a light jacket (Spring or Autumn-weight) for when the sun goes down or when it rains. Take clothes that you can layer and peel off as it gets warmer. The touristic sights are walkable only in comfortable shoes and dry weather. But bring the umbrella, it will definitely come handy!

Lev Tolstoy Square

by brazwhazz

Lev Tolstoy Square (Ploshchad Lva Tolstogo), near the Petrogradskaya metro station in the Petrograd district, lies at the intersection of two of Saint-Petersburg's main shopping streets, Kamennoostrovskiy Prospekt and Bolshoy Prospekt.

However, what makes it special are the beautiful buildings that surround it. The "house with the towers" (the only name I found for it on the Internet) was one of our favourite buildings in the city. It stands out from the others in the area, who tend to be more uniform.

From Petrogradskaya metro, go south on Kamennoostrovskiy Prospekt.

Greenpeace and the Neva River

by sennaya

The environmental movements are slowly taking root in St. Petersburg as evidenced in June 2007 when Greenpeace Russia, based normally in Moscow, started water testing and patrolling of the Neva River in St. Petersburg.

The Neva is the shortest big river in Europe, about 40km from Lake Ladoga to the Finland Gulf.
It is the central and most notable feature of St. Petersburg, the source of all rivers and canals and the beautiful embankments.

Drinking water for St. Petersburg comes from Lake Ladoga, the source for the Neva River.

Water testing showed high levels of copper and manganese. Fish testing showed high concentrations of arsenic and polychlorbiphenyl (PCB).

City administration reports in 2006 reported that there are 375 places of direct discharge of sewage into the Neva and 40% of all sewage was dumped into the Neva without treatment.

Another reminder to boil all water in the teapot before drinking and drink bottled water when possible.

For Eco-tourists there are many volunteer programs developing
+7 812 352 1022
+7 962 695 6646
Dmitry Artamonov
St. Petersburg branch of Greenpeace

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