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Cheap Flights to St. Petersburg- Get them while they’re hot!!!

petersburg summers

petersburg summers

Why  is this a great time to buy a flight to St. Petersburg?

A: The weather has cooled.

B: Museums have calmed.

C: An island never before seen CAN NOW be seen! New Holland, a 19-acre triangular island created by Peter the Great and used by the navy has been opened for the first time in history. For centuries all that most people saw of it was the red brick archway rising over a narrow channel of water leading there, and glimpses of its red brick warehouses. New Holland is now full of Cafes, art spaces, bicycle and parkour ramps, upscale food and flea markets, a community garden, a book store and more. The summer roster of events includes table tennis tournaments, concerts and plays. Smack in the middle of St. Petersburg, people sit back in lawn chairs and sip cappuccinos while looking across the row of buildings across the canal, in the midst of St. Petersburg.

canals of St. Petersburg

canals of St. Petersburg

And all this goes through the end of September, when the island, which is undergoing a redevelopment financed by the tycoon Roman Abramovich, has its big debut. The New York-based sustainable architecture firm WORKac is a consultant for the project, which will create a cultural and commercial center with restaurants, hotels, housing, offices and arts spaces by 2017. But you can see so much now if you book your tickets to St. petersburg now.

open library

open library

First off there’s the  Open Library. It’s a library without walls, literally, it has no walls. None!  But what it does have  are Russian, Finnish, and English-language books. And here there’s no need to register to borrow a book, and you can either return the book when you’re done or keep it. Their theory behind this is Maybe you’ll give it to the next reader, and he’ll return it. Victor Orlov, an organizer has said, “in our world now, and in our country, there are no people in the libraries. So we think the libraries have to come to the people.”

the man responsible for it all

the man responsible for it all

Pop Up Gallery, in one of the area’s several shipping containers. It presents new exhibitions by art galleries from Russia and abroad every two weeks. Here the concept is to bring art to the people, it’s a theme here on New Holland.

Arch of New Holland

Arch of New Holland

The Lenigradets Circle of Table Tennis Friends Ping-Pong club organized by Vladimir Munenko and sponsored by the Fred Perry clothing company brings together St. Petersburg residents for weekly tournaments that pit, say, Finnish locals against Uzbekistani ones. Or Brits against Turks! Book your flights to St. Petersburg to play.

LavkaLavka is a farmers’ cooperative that started four years ago in Moscow and opened a branch in St. Petersburg a year and a half ago. For the summer, the group moved their year-round kitchen to New Holland. The menu, which varies from Thursday through the weekend, includes items like thyme lemonade, beer, carrot radish salad with honey vinegar, pork cutlets with fried cabbage, burgers and high-end street food.

Other things not to miss out on:

morozhenoe

ice-cream

ice-cream

Russians take their ice-cream making very seriously, and delicious, creamy Russian morozhenoe becomes ubiquitous in the summer. Buy some from an ice-cream cart and wander one of the breezy riverside embankments for a real taste of  summer St Petersburg-style.

Visit the Summer Gardens and sunbathe by the Neva

summer garden

summer garden

St Petersburg’s Summer Garden is specifically designed for strolling during languid summer days. Walking along its shady avenues decorated with cool white marble statues and soothing fountains is a quintessential St Petersburg experience. Sun-baking by the Neva as also typical here.  The riverside walls of the Peter & Paul Fortress are a favourite sun-lovers’ hangout.

Go swimming

Lake Ladoga – source of the Neva

Lake Ladoga – source of the Neva

Lake Ladoga – source of the Neva – is a short train ride from the city, and its forested banks are a favorite Petersburger summer destination for picnics, canoe paddles and cooling swims. Komarova Beach on the Gulf of Finland is a fine place to visit. In less than an hour’s journey from the city, you can feel a million miles away. Fly to St. Petersburg and take icy dips in the Baltic here and breathe deep on the sea breeze.

Watch the Neva bridges open

russian bridges

russian bridges

This is the signature tradition of the White Nights: watching the spectacle of the massive  Neva River bridges heaving apart to let through boat traffic. Watch from the riverside embankments or take to the water on a White Nights boat cruise and slip right through the heart of the midnight city. If you’re on foot make sure you’re on the right side of the river to get back to your accommodation: the metro stops at 12.30am and with the bridges open until 5am, there’s no other way to cross the river.

It’s a magical city getting more and more magical by the second. Book your flights to St. Petersburg today, it’s a fantastic time to visit.

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