September 2017

St. Petersburg will compete with London, Paris, Barcelona and Athens

St. Petersburg was included in the shortlist of several nominations for the international World Travel Awards. The city was nominated in three following categories: "Best European City Destination", "Best European Cruise Destination 2017" and "Best City of Europe for Short Trips". The formulation of the last nomination led to the question: "Why are they short?". Local residents, for example, are convinced that a lifetime may not be enough to study and admire this stunning city!

"Day D"

This year Sergey Dovlatov would have turned 76 years old. The festival "Day D" is celebrated for the second year and is timed to the writer's birthday - September 3. The main events will unfold on September 9 and 10 in the area of ​​Rubinshtein Street and Nevsky Prospekt, as well as in the Kurdoner's house at Rubinshtein 23, where Dovlatov family lived. I would like to draw your attention to some of the festival's events:


08.09 at 20:00 the performance of Alexander Filippenko "Dovlatov & all that jazz" in the Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta (the 29th line of Vasilevsky Island, 2A)


09.09 at 12:00 presentation of the book by Lev and Sophia Lurie " Dovlatov’s Leningrad " in the Park of Culture and Reading (Nevsky Prospekt, 46)


09.09 at 18:00 a creative meeting with Vladimir Voinovich "Memories of the 60s" in the Journalist House (Nevsky pr., 70)


09.09 at 19:00 the opening of the exhibition of Alexander Florensky and at 20:00 reading of Dovlatov’s prose by Alexander Tsypkin in the cafe "Rubinstein" (Rubinshtein str., 20)


10.09 at 13:00 a tour of Leo Lurie on Dovlatov’s sites and sites of the "second thaw", from 12:00 to 19:00 every hour the same tour passes with a guide, starts on Rubinstein, 23


10.09 from 12 to 23:00 in the yard of the house 23 on Rubinstein Street the crowd will sing, dance, read prose and poetry, even a fox terrier parade will be held; Dovlatov had a dog of this breed named Glasha.


11.09 at 20:00 Sergey Soloviev "Cool knead of the 60's. Creative evening "in the Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta (29th line of Vasilievsky Island, 2A)


For more information, please visit the festival website


 From Hotel Vera to Rubinshtein street you can reach by trolley buses №5, №7 and №11, get off at Liteiny/Anichkov Most.

The perfect souvenir from St. Petersburg

The products of the Imperial Porcelain Factory are perhaps the most exquisite St. Petersburg souvenirs. The factory was founded in 1744 and became the first porcelain factory in Russia. In Soviet times, the word "Imperial" was replaced by "Leningrad" and the famous abbreviation ЛФЗ (Leningrad Porcelain Factory) on the back of a saucer or a cup from my mother's or grandmother's service, stood for quality, for good taste and, most importantly, for being a part of the beloved city and its traditions . Since then, nothing has changed, a cup with a saucer of "cobalt with gilding" or "my garden" can still be bought in the shops of St. Petersburg Porcelain Factory. Of course you can buy porcelain figurines, tea and coffee couples, sets and miniature porcelain souvenirs.


 The nearest to Hotel Vera company store is at Nevsky Prospekt, 160. It's 15-20 minutes by foot or by bus number 46 in the direction of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra, get off at "Alexander Nevsky Street".

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