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St Petersburg 1

18th June 2003

Duncan Fallowell (June) wonders about “white nights” in St Petersburg. The name reflects the fact that the Russian aristocracy used to speak French. “Nuits blanches” are sleepless nights, usually associated with merrymaking.

Peggie Rimmer

Geneva, Switzerland

St Petersburg 2

30th May 2003

As authors of a recent historical guide to St Petersburg, we found Duncan Fallowell’s article rather odd-especially his description of the Engineer’s Castle as the pivotal building of the city. We tried this description on several people who are professionally concerned with St Petersburg and they have reacted in the same…

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