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... tour was my
walking tour of the market and metro. Surprisingly, the metro was beautiful. We
were told not to take pictures, but of course everyone did. It featured
artwork, mostly of Peter the Great done in mosaics that covered the walls. We
also visited a few different churches. Both were Russian Orthodox. The first
was the Church of the Savior of Spilt Blood which featured colorful domes and a
style more famous in Moscow. The ...
... of Rastrelli's interiors, in fact dates from the 1860s. With its ornate banisters and reclining marble cupids, it gives a taste of what is to come. The Great Hall, also known as the Hall of Light, measures nearly 1,000 square meters, and occupies the full width of the palace so that there are superb views on either side. The large arched windows provide enough light to relieve the vast quantity of gilded stucco decorating the walls, and the entire ceiling is covered by a ...
... it all in!
In the evening we went to the famous Mariinsky Theatre to see a 20th Century ballet called Spartacus (music by Khatchaturian). The ballet was ... epic! The dances all wore flat soled ballet ...
... start up the hundreds of fountains throughout this complex - all gravity-fed from a river nearby. The crowd was huge, with people jostling for position for the best camera shots and pickpockets blatantly plying their trade. The grand palace is massive and incredibly ornate, but the line was enormous, so we decided instead to check out the small cottage-style palace (!!) built by Peter the Great because ...
... security. I’m not handing over passport or driving licence and instead give my National Trust membership card. She’s dubious about this but relents when I point out the word "National" in big letters and puts it in envelope nr 8 for safekeeping.
The grey drab cloud soon gives way to blue sky and sun which enhances the yellow ochre of the buildings. The church houses the remains of Tsar Nicholas and family who were executed in 1918. I’d been ...