Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, Broadway in New York City, Market Street in San Francisco, Champs Elysee in Paris and a whole bunch of others that I’ll bet you can think of.
These are the grand arteries that flow into and out of the centers of the great cities of the world, pulsating with the flow of life and excitement. Whenever I visit a city with one of the great streets it seems just being there and walking its length and being part of the flow is enough to teach me much about its soul.
And the list isn’t complete without Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg suffered horribly during WW2, particularly during the “Siege of Leningrad” as it was called in those dark days. As a consequence many of the architectural gems in the city were lost, including those along Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s five kilometer long main thoroughfare and most famous avenue. The detail in the photo above is evidence that there are still some beautiful examples from the old days still standing.
I bemoan the fact that I didn’t have days to explore Nevsky and its side streets while in the great city because it certainly deserves it.
How many more grand boulevards are there? Sunset Boulevard in New York, Michigan Avenue in Chicago, the Las Vegas Strip, ad infinitum – go ahead and add to the list. How many have you trod?
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