On 16 December, eight LV girls departed for an exciting winter trip to St Petersburg. During their five-day stay, they were able to visit many breath-taking sights including a visit to the Mariinsky Theatre to see the ballet Don Quixote and a visit to the Hermitage Museum, which is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. They also saw numerous palaces – the homes of the noble families of Russia – as well as the dramatic effect that the Second World War had on St Petersburg (called Leningrad then). To their great disappointment, there was no snow during the week. However, they had a lovely time outdoors enjoying short hours of daylight and bright Christmas illuminations in the evening. They loved the ‘Venice of the North’ as it is poetically called and would love to return there sometime soon.