Whilst the photos below are not neceassily good they do show the vastness of the streets and buildings in St Petersburg. During my hike in Austria and cycle through the Finnish archipelago, I encountered very tiny hamlets, small villages and a sparcity of traffic, populace and built up areas. Suddenly I was plunged into a city of 5 million and it was quite an assault on my brain. I had spent 3 weeks in rural serenity and was suddenly dropped into a simmering city cauldron.
Two things to note here - firstly this is not a river, just a "small" canal and these canals criss sross St. Petesburg Secondly this photo was taken at 10 pm and the sky is still so so blue. Also note the lack of any greenery.
I took this photo for the girls of ZARA, again housed in an enormous old building on the main street, Nevsky Prospekt. The bright pink flowers were a rare splash of colour. In lots of European cities window boxes overflow with masses of flowers in every colour and on every house and building but it seemed not so in Russia.
Above we have it all - beautiful church in the distance, monstous intersection, old red rusting Lada , canal leading up to church , pastel coloured building with a nearly matching late evening sky. St Petersburg is an amazing place you all must visit.