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... state and 33 of the 55 rooms in the palace have been restored. The restorations take a lot of time and money. Germany has also contributed money to help we the restoration. We had a leisurely stroll through Catherine Park down to the Hermitage Pavilion. This is where the Tzars held special and secret meetings. The guests would also eat at this pavilion. The dinner table would be raised from the ground floor to the first floor set with all the food and cutlery. This was ...
With another early start, we had juice and coffee in the cabin before going down through immigration to the bus. Today's guide was Svetlana, complete with floral crochet snood, looking very much a Russian babushka but turning out to be a teacher at the university. Who knew? Our excursion this morning was to the Tsar's Residence of Peterhof, a summer palace conceived by Peter the Great to rival Versailles. Once again, we passed through areas of St ...
... church, St. Isaacs, another interesting and ornate cathedral.
Next we went on our boat ride, which was relaxing and enjoyable. Three of the Ala tours combined on one boat, so that we had the luxury of hearing three guides during our trip on the canals and ...
... of that, we were given ceramic cats and mini wooden
rocking horses to paint. Needless to say, the trip was a disappointment and the
bus did stop at a tourist shop on the way home to appease the disgruntled
I’m sure my time to Russia
would have been better and entailed more fun activities had I had a visa. This
was one of my first lessons with Semester at Sea. Nevertheless, I didn’t let
this get me ...
... officially founded, and the church was consecrated on April 1, 1704. In 1712, the current, stone Peter and Paul Cathedral started to be built, to a design by Domenico Trezzini. This one took slightly longer to build - 20 years, in fact - and was consecrated on June 29, 1733.
The Peter and Paul Cathedral marked a radical departure from traditional Orthodox churches, being built in early Baroque style. Its rectangular shape, bell-tower, and landmark needle are all ...