The majestic city of St. Petersburg has served as a source of inspiration to artists and poets for more than 300 years. However, the feeling one experiences when viewing a painting or reading a poem is much different than that which they have when visiting the city in real life. The chill of cold winds they feel as they walk along the riverbanks and city streets is almost impossible to portray through paints and words. Artist Viktor Raspopov’s St. Petersburg however, is not just a collection of buildings, bridges, monuments and people. His interpretations also include the look and feel of nature’s elements, which are so much a part of the northern city. His paintbrush swiftly captures the flow of air and water, translating them onto the canvas, where the image of what seems to be a constantly-moving city is born.
Modern-day life in St. Petersburg is no less interesting than the city’s rich history. Inside SPb’s classic, old interiors inhabitants of the 21st-century megopolis have created their own, new history, making the city even more appealing to its visitors. Here tourists not only hope to see the city’s main sights, but to feel — even if just for an instant — as if they live here. Ducking into a small café, buying a souvenir to remember the trip and taking photos in unusual places are all simple activities that help guests get a real feel for the city.
The Far East Marine Biosphere Reserve was created in 1978 in the Sea of Japan with the goal of preserving, protecting and studying the area’s very diverse and fascinating underwater world. The reserve’s aquatorium is home to more than 5,000 species of plants and animals, 150 of which are in the Red Book.