spring is in the air…..

Winter is becoming a fading memory as the skies reflect a beautiful blue and the temperatures are beginning their slow walk along the road to spring (весна).  I do not really want to say anything more….. just breathe and live and absorb the much needed Vitamin D after the long winter.

breaking the ice - you learn to look up regularly while walking on the street

the passerby.

pigeons taking flight after bathing in dirty, oily puddles.

sometimes, life is but a fruit stand on a sidewalk in Russia.

the Winter Palace is saying goodbye to winter.....

colors reflecting on ice.

the long walk.

This past weekend, I went for a long walk.  My goal was to walk by the Mariinsky Theatre, but I did not make it there because I went a bit further than I had anticipated and I needed to find my way back to a recognizable street.  These are some of the photos I took along the way.  The more industrial looking photos are from the end of town I found myself lost in.  It was at that point that I decided I should try to find my way back uptown.  As you can see, it was not the most attractive neighborhood!  I think I will take the metro to Mariinsky next time.

Americans are not the only ones who love McDonalds.

Gostinyy Dvor (Гостиный Двор)

This is where I think I made a wrong turn.

Window details.

Winter can be very depressing here - I think this photo really emphasizes that reality.

A little bit of color.

Industrial.

I finally know where I am at this point.