Day 2 – St Petersburg City Tour, Hermitage Palace Tour, and Church of Savior on Spilled Blood We witnessed the start of white nights in St Petersburg, with the Sun setting in too late and rising too early in the morning. We woke up to a beautiful day and gorged on American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Post that, we boarded the bus for an excursion through city of St Petersburg.City TourWe stopped by a huge ice breaker at the bank of the Neva River imported from Great Britain in the 16th Century. In the extreme winters witnessed by Russia, the Neva River freezes and icebreakers are required to keep the waterway open. We then stopped by the Imperial Academy of Arts and the beautiful Rostral Columns alongside the bank of the Neva. The square of the Rostral Column gave a panoramic view of the famous Hermitage palace at the backdrop. Few of the royal palaces, originally made by Peter the Great, for his family members, have been converted to state buildings, libraries, universities and museums. The city palaces were asked to be painted in bright colors since Russia is plagued by extreme winters and the low exposure to sunlight increased depression among Russians. Despite the cold temperatures ( 5 to 6 degrees centigrade for an Indian), there were a lot of people on the roads who were visibly enjoying the most beautiful days of the Russian calendar.