A few weeks ago I was visiting St. Petersburg, and this is my absolute favourite photo from that trip. I’m standing in front of the very famous Church of the Spilled Blood with its magnificent domes and spirals. What an imposing sight it was! So called ‘of the Spilled Blood’ because Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881 by a conspirators grenade on the site of the Church. The church was constructed as a memorial to Tsar Alexander by his son Alexander III, and today it is one of the most famous and venerated buildings in Russia. Isn’t it beautiful?
On the day that I visited St. Petersburg, Russia was in the midst of a heat wave. Heat waves in Russia are practically unheard of – it was one of the hottest periods in about twenty or so years when I visited, and I took the opportunity to whack out one of my favourite sleeveless vests – so loved that it’s featured on this blog before. With its gorgeous jewelled collar, in this purple vest I was channelling the richly coloured enamels of Faberge eggs and the swirling painted patterns of Russian Babushka dolls. Usually I avoid cropped pants or leggings because they make me seem shorter – leggings when cropped at the thinnest part of the leg (just below the knee for most) can make your legs seem shorter and stumpier by drawing attention to the widest part of your leg – but maybe in this photo I pulled it off. The sun was shining, I had my sunglasses on and all was well with the world – I’ve always wanted to visit St. Petersburg, and my trip, while short, was absolutely wonderful.