Rather than see Tallinn (which I had recently visited) and spend another day at sea returning to Copenhagen, Trish and I jumped ship in St. Petersburg to enjoy Russia’s most popular (and European) city for five days. I had second thoughts that this might have been too much time, but the city is well worth five days. While I’m always collecting ideas for future TV scripts, my immediate assignment was to update and improve our chapter on St. Petersburg. Now, with our Rick Steves’ Snapshot St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Tallinn guidebook, just out, and with this city being an important chapter in our Northern European Cruise Ports guidebook, we have a responsibility to offer our readers the best information possible on St. Petersburg. I enjoyed traveling in the footsteps of Cameron Hewitt and Ian Watson, who wrote the existing chapter. (In 1993, Ian and I wrote a little guidebook to St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tallinn, and Riga in an effort to help kick-start independent tourism immediately after the fall of the USSR. Now we’re ready to take that to a much higher level.) Photos by Trish Feaster, see her blog at The Travelphile.com.