They say that the beauty of St Petersburg is best appreciated from its rivers and canals so we went on a one-and-a-half-hour boat trip to see if it was true. Despite the weather being rather overcast, we were not disappointed as the pictures below show.
The imposing tower of the cathedral in the Peter and Paul Fortress dominates the
St Petersburg skyline
The Aurora, from which the first shots of the October 1917 Revolution were fired. It is now a free museum
A typical view of St Petersburg as seen from the river: a graceful bridge and solid but attractive buildings
St Petersburg's shortest canal runs under the Winter Palace
St Petersburg residents relax between beautiful buildings and the waterways