Marie Olin sees the world through a luxury lens, travelling to far-flung destinations and sharing her experiences on her blog, Luxury Travel Diva. Her latest trip saw her take in the sights and delights of St Petersburg, with Corinthia as the perfect base. Read her story here…
St Petersburg in three words:
A beautiful city
Why did you choose St Petersburg for your trip?
I watched an episode of an English TV programme called Top Gear! The programme was filmed in St Petersburg and I was captivated by the beauty of the city. They filmed all over St Petersburg and it looked like such an awe-inspiring place to visit. Obviously I knew about the iconic buildings, museums and churches but I did not realise the city was so beautiful.
What’s your travel philosophy?
Don’t leave home unless it’s going to be a fabulous, luxurious and new experience. I wish I could enjoy travelling light and staying in a tent, but I cannot! A five star hotel or a beautiful villa is an absolute must for me and my husband. Also, the destination has to excite, educate and inspire otherwise why leave my beautiful home?
When did you first catch the travel bug?
I was very lucky as a child. My parents enjoyed travelling and staying in the best hotels around the world, I have just kept up the family tradition. I still get excited at the prospect of boarding a plane and arriving in a new country.
Was this your first time in St Petersburg?
This was my first visit but definitely not my last. This was my first trip to Russia and I have enjoyed discovering a new country and the lovely Russian people. There’s still so much more to see and experience, I’d love to attend a ballet next time.