It’s late here in St. Petersburg, and we’ve just finished our second full day. We arrived on Tuesday at our hotel around 4pm, so we just wandered around the city after unpacking to get our bearings. My crazy itinerary (see this post on planning) has a number of restaurants picked out from various sources (Trippy, Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor, etc.), and I had Fartuk lined up for dinner that night. We wandered the streets aimlessly looking for a Fartuk sign, only to eventually turn on Data Roaming on my phone in order to see the actual street address. It turns out all restaurants are written in Cyrillic (like St. Petersburg is in the blog post title)… cue lots of confusion in trying to find the Latin-names. Sasha speaks passable Serbian and his parents both read and write in Cyrillic, but unfortunately he doesn’t. So far, we have played lots of charade with people at stores and in restaurants. There is not a lot of English spoken here, which is exciting but confusing all at the same time. I love the thrill of this though (except probably in high stress situations, which we hope to avoid!).

Anyways, our meal at Fartuk was one of the best we’ve both ever eaten, and the atmosphere was perfect too (seriously considering scratching future plans to go back). Come to find that a ton of restaurants here in St. Petersburg are très trendy – the Russians know what they’re doing on the food scene. I’m going to do a detailed St. Petersburg travel guide when I get home, but to rattle off a few of the things we’ve enjoyed so far:

Europe (1 of 1) Fancy a glass of … umm, bubbly? Any guess how to pronounce that?Europe (1 of 1)-2 Outside the world’s fanciest candy store, Eliseyev Emporium

Europe (1 of 1)-3 Cyrillic Scrabble at Fartuk (see the menu to understand why I couldn’t find it)Europe (1 of 1)-10Europe (1 of 1)-13 Europe (1 of 1)-14 Little miss mischief is keeping us on our toesEurope (1 of 1)-15Europe (2 of 2) Europe (1 of 1)-18 Europe (1 of 1)-33 In front of the impressive St. Isaac’s Cathedral (which took 40 years to build!)Europe (1 of 1)-20 Europe (1 of 1)-25 The water view of The Hermitage Museum (and Winter Palace)Europe (1 of 1)-23 In Palace SquareEurope (1 of 1)-26 Europe (1 of 1)-35 Europe (1 of 1)-63 Isn’t it Candy Land-like?Europe (1 of 1)-62 Europe (1 of 1)-61 Europe (1 of 1)-60Gorgeous mosaic ceiling inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Europe (1 of 1)-59Swing time at Mikhailovsky GardensEurope (1 of 1)-58 Europe (1 of 1)-42 Europe (1 of 1)-43 Europe (1 of 1)-44 Europe (1 of 1)-48 Europe (1 of 1)-50 Europe (1 of 1)-55 Europe (1 of 1)-54Buying the most delicious fruit from a street vendor outside our hotel

 

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