Greetings from Russia! This is the view from my hotel window of St Isaac’s Cathedral here in St Petersburg.

On Day One I met up with Michelle, Nicky and Neil at Heathrow Airport and we caught our flight to St Petersburg. Our driver Dimitri picked us up from the airport and took us to our hotel, the Angleterre.  One of the first hotels in St Petersburg, the Angleterre was a favourite of artists and writers, particularly in the 1920s. The famous Russian poet Sergei Yesenin hanged himself here but I’m sure he wasn’t upset about the accommodation or service.

Here is my room. It has very high ceilings and is stylishly decorated.

Spacious and comfortable.

The bathroom.

We had a quick drink in the bar and decided to go for a walk. Not far from our hotel is the Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg’s most famous boulevard.

St Petersburg is sometimes called the Venice of the North because it sits on 42 separate islands. For three months of the year the water is frozen.

The canal system is already closed for navigation as the water level at this time of year is too high and boats risk getting stuck under bridges.

We had a late dinner and retired in order to rest up for our first major day of exploration on Monday.