As we did a 2 day excursion of St. Petersburg, visiting palace after palace after palace, they all started looking the same to me. It was hard to imagine the opulence that the Russian aristocracy and royalty enjoyed before the revolution in 1917. Everytime our tour guide said that Peter The Great built this palace or Catherine The Great built that palace, I couldn’t help but think that it wasn’t them that built anything, but thousands of peasant slaves working for 1 potato per day. It’s a wonder that the revolution didn’t happen 100 years earlier.

But of course, with the Soviet regime, they weren’t much better off, 2 potatoes per day and a war machine.

According to the 2019 UN ranking, Denmark is the 2nd happiest country in the world, after Finland. (Canada is #9). Russia holds the 68th spot… not very happy people. And even for the short time we visited these 2 countries, it was something I could truly feel of the people.

There are no palaces in Denmark, at least none worth talking about and in St. Petersburg, all we saw were palaces and churches. So, could happiness be inversely proportional to the number of palaces? Or mathematically…

 

Happiness = 1#of Palaces

 

So, here are my photos of St. Petersburg, Russia.

[Click on any photo for the slideshow. Please leave comments at the bottom of the page]

 

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Subway

St. Petersburg Subway

Subway ticket booths

St. Petersburg Subway

Soviet emblem in St. Petersburg Subway

St. Petersburg Subway

St. Petersburg Subway

St. Petersburg Subway

Fine art in St. Petersburg Subway

Illegal sidewalk market

Illegal sidewalk market

Illegal sidewalk market

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Russian nesting dolls. These are the Russian equivalent of our own Rob Ford Bobble-heads.

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