Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg

The Saints Peter and Paul Fortress (Петропа́вловская кре́пость, Petropavlovskaya Krepost) in Saint Petersburg is a nice place to walk around but in hindsight I should have gone to the Russian Museum instead. I didn't realize the museum was open on Mondays. Most everything cultural in Russia is closed on Mondays, across the board almost without exception, but the Russian Museum is an exception. It is closed on Tuesday and yesterday, Tuesday, was my last day in Saint Petersburg.

The fortress was a nice place to walk around, for an hour or two, but ultimately it didn't provide much in the way of excitement. The Neva River, where the fortress is located, was frozen, but not so much that you could walk on it. You could walk along the frozen riverbanks a bit, but there were signs posted in Russian warning you to stay away. Considering Russians are never worried about liability, I took the signs very seriously.

Peter and Paul was built to protect Russia against a Swedish counter-attack during the Great Northern War, which lasted two decades (1700-1721) and of which I know almost nothing.

Adjacent to the fortress is the new Saint Petersburg Zoo, which depending whom you ask is either a waste of time or really great. I had no interest in the zoo, but outside I did see a few people peddling photos with monkeys dressed up in children's clothing. As wrong as it is, it is impossible to not see a monkey dressed up in a little boy's winter jacket and not think for at least two seconds how great it would be to have a pet monkey.