A much-longed for trip to St Petersburg delivers on every front.
It's been a long cold winter and mushrooms are starting to sprout - everywhere.
What's the most effective way to travel from Barcelona to St Petersburg?
To stand in the cell where Leon Trotsky was incarcerated is a powerful reminder of the troubled history of the former Soviet Union.
From the medieval to the avant-garde - feast your eyes on St Petersburg, whatever your budget.
Our arrival in St Petersburg gets off to a fine start, speeds towards town at 160km/h.
Veteran cruiser Peter Bentley is impressed by the cultural sights of St Petersburg.
Louise Goldsbury is bowled over by the charms of the Baltic.