St Petersburg – Russia’s Bling City by John Paine.
Our Speaker for November 26th was John Paine who entertained us with his personal view, and photographs, of St Petersburg. The one-time city of Leningrad which was blockaded by Hitler’s armies for 812 days during World War 2 is now flourishing again thanks to tourism. A city of 5 million inhabitants plays host to an annual total of 5.5 million tourists. The pictures showed the magnificence of the city that once was the capital of Russion during the tiome of the Tsars.