"I vividly visualized her driving away down Morskaya Street towards Nevski Avenue "


Hotel Astoria
GNU Free Documentation LicenseHotel Astoria - Credit: Корзун Андрей (Kor!An)





Bolshaya Morskaya Street is perpendicular to Nevsky Prospekt. Like most streets in Russian cities, Morskaya ("Naval") Street was renamed by the Soviet authorities after the 1917 Revolution, and became Herzen Street. Morskaya Street in Nabokov's time was a street of palatial townhouses, embassies and banks. It was also home to the Fabergé shop at number 24, selling the eggs and jewels that Nabokov so loved to hate.  Nowadays, it is home to boutique hotels, luxury stores, and the imposing Hotel Astoria, which was built in 1912, five years before the Nabokovs fled St Petersburg.  

Nevski Avenue, known locally as Nevski Prospekt, never changed its name. It was then, and is still St Petersburg's main artery, stretching from the Winter (Imperial) Palace to the Moscow Railway Station.