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... that removes his legs from the knee down. He is transported to the Winter Palace, where he dies a few hours later. Once again, the role of a Tsar is Russia seems to be a bloody one.
Continuing with the tour of the palace, it is rather different. There is almost no one in the palace. We approach to a brass band. We walk through one of the dining rooms to hear a flutist playing. There are guards at the door (albeit, one of them ...
... St Isaac’s
Cathedral and Peter and Paul Fortress. I
have attached some photos of the area.
We learned about the Peter the Great and successive leaders of Russia in
the 18th century, the czars and the royal family of Romanov’s. The Peter and Paul fortress is the original
protective fortifications ordered by Peter the Great to protect against
invasion by the Swedes. The church on
the grounds is not ...
A quieter day today with the first stop at a souvenir shop to pay for the tour and shop, then off to the Hermitage Museum for an early visit before official opening hours. Once more the rooms are breathtaking in size and opulence and the sheer scale of the collections is amazing.
It is said it would take years to see it all if you only spent seconds in front of each picture or objet de art! We had nearly three hours walking through a very small ...
... probably 15 brides throughout the day as they travel throughout the city to take pictures. They had a small following with them.
10. The women, especially the young ones wear heels everywhere because they have to attract guys as there are less men. They also do it because they were deprived of heels for so long. Our tour guide told us that she remembers wearing black and white checkered dresses almost every day...and she was young (mid 30-40)
11. Peter ...
... a guess...they served vodka and champagnksi and to make it more interesting, they added in cognac which we then mixed into the champanski. Oye Russia! After some shopping, and walking, and drinking - it was time to go the Russian folk show. I know this is a stretch to believe, but they also served champanksi there too. Sigh...what a night. By the time the show was over and we were headed back to the room, I was so ready to get some sleep. And I did, for about 3 hours...until ...