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HE first time you ride the es­ca­la­tor on the Saint Peters­burg Metro you re­alise in­stantly that it’s quite a long way down. So for the sec­ond trip, you time it. Two min­utes and 50 sec­onds. It’s the wa­ter that is the prob­lem for the Metro. The rivers and canals that are among the city’s main at­trac­tions on the sur­face forced engi­neers to dig ever deeper when they con­structed an un­der­ground trans­port sys­tem which has con­sid­er­able mer­its of its own.

Many of the sta­tions are con­sid­ered works of art, wor­thy of a visit in their own right and the per­fect tourist at­trac­tion for a rainy day. Not that we saw many of those.

From late May un­til into July, Peters­bur­gians cel­e­brate the White Nights, a fes­ti­val of art and cul­ture which keeps the city abuzz into the small hours as re­ward for hav­ing en­dured a long, dark, ice­bound win­ter.

Even on a cloudy day the dusk will linger. As we de­scended

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