I have gathered quite a collection of pictures with the frozen St Petersburg & Kolpino over these past days. The city looks much brighter with the snow & much better compared with the previous years thanks to the decision to stop using those nasty chemicals which created mud and ruined your shoes.
The shoes might still be ruined with the salt used to sprinkle the streets so that they become less slippery but the snow does really bring in the magic of winter.
Frozen berries, frozen cars, frozen front doors and handles, frozen canals and much more city space suddenly accessible thanks to the paths in snow across and over just about everything 🙂
After the irregular +12 ‘C in December the city has covered itself with a thick and warm white blanket. Most probably for good – the weather forecast promises mild minus temperatures throughout February.
If you’re not frozen all over yet (sometimes the temperature drops below -20 here) you can enjoy the winter sun and the winter fun too. I’ve always thought that winter is one of the two seasons most enjoyed by children and dogs 🙂
On some days you wake up to find the entire city turned into a subtle winter fairy tale, as if it’s all made from ice and you somehow start walking with great care not to ruin this fragile wonderland.
The sunsets are as always dramatic. With each day they come a little bit later and the day is gaining precious seconds and eventually minutes. Still it feels like everything around is in a deep sleep…
Winter sunrise is also picturesque – if we’re lucky to witness it:
The picture was taken last year when the ice was not still thick enough on the rivers and canals of the city. Now these have become extra streets and paths, and in theory you can cross all through St Petersburg via its waterways without a motorboat 🙂
Not only the Russian Museum benefits from this white frame. One of those Stalin-era residential buildings in Kolpino also looks better with all this snow around: its white decoration matches the snow on the trees.
Welcome to the frozen Piter!
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