Nevsky is the main shopping street and the most fashionable place to be in all of St. Petersburg, or for that matter, all of Russia. If you have even a clue as to wanting to see the truly bold and beautiful, this is the place. And based on my Swiss friend Michael’s description of it, it is THE place to be, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I think he called it Disneyland for adults, or something like that!
I am stationed at the, I hope aptly named, Rakhmaninov Art Hotel. What could possible be a better name for a hotel in the artsy, fartsy city of Peter? No elevators here, as they insist on keeping the hotel as authentic as possible. It is cute in an odd way, perhaps like time standing still, while the rest of Peter has moved on!
The street upon which I am located, has numerous bars and cafes, if that is any indication. Last night, people were streaming onto the streets, to party, drink, and dance, I assume to celebrate the start of summer White Nights*. But the traffic here is as bad as Moscow. Parking is at a real premium. Sounds just like home!
Peter stands, or sits (take your pick) at the mouth of the Neva River. The city itself is a web of channels and islands, 33 main ones, and countless small ones. I wonder if that means the mosquitoes will be of equal importance and size? Anyway, the river meets the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. Both sides of the river are vital to Peter.
The tour books say that Peter has tourist angels wandering all over Nevsky. We shall see. The last Angel I saw was Albert Pujols trying to hit home run number 500!!!
Much like the city itself, the street has undergone numerous name changes. Must be a Russian or Soviet thing. Or maybe they just want to copy the Turks, with Istanbul having three names too! But today, Nevsky is the main thoroughfare, and the main shopping and nightlife area of the city.
You will get a first hand report, later, since this is Friday, and White Nights* are a summer celebration just starting after a long, cold winter.