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White nights in St. Petersburg

Between May and June the sun never fully sets in the northern Russian city, and locals gladly take this opportunity to revel in the day’s heat and the light-washed nights.
Belye nochi, the Russians call them – White Nights. These are the incredible, luminous northern midsummer eves when the high latitudes are bathed in a pearlescent all-night glow.
In Russia’s northern city of St Petersburg, the few brief weeks of White Nights and sun-filled summer days are an intoxicating time. By day, locals revel in the heat of the outdoors; by light-washed night, there are festivals, concerts and all-night parties. This is a time when St Petersburg is at its most lustrous, when zhizni radost – the peculiarly Russian brand of joie de vivre – is irresistible.
White Night revelling starts in May, when the city finally succumbs to spring and the parks are filled with flowering trees, but mid-June is peak time, when the sun slumps lazily towards the horizon but never fully sets.
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The article 'White Nights in St Petersburg' was published by by Gabi Mocatta in partnership with Lonely Planet.

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