I spent my birthday in St. Petersburg, Piter affectionately in Russian. Here are some of the photo highlights.
Things that are round...
Wedding festivities continue into October...
It rains so much in St. Pete that even fire hydrants wear rain ponchos:
And so do dogs:
But it didn't rain on me! I had a couple of colorful autumn days. Leaf bouquets were all the rage, among old and young alike:
I was sort of disappointed with the accommodations...
OK, you caught me there. That's a prison cell from a museum in the Peter & Paul Fortress.
Other highlights were ballet, pumpkin soup, french-style pastries... And these guys singing in the fortress cathedral:
But now, back in Moscow and back to work.